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Most popular Punk, New Wave & Indie books

The most popular Punk, New Wave & Indie books currently available. Updated weekly.
'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics and More
Cruel To Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe
The authorised biography of Nick Lowe, the 'Jesus of Cool'.
Acid For The Children - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star. With a foreword by punk rock legend, Patti Smith.
Burning Down The Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
An extraordinary history of the punk movement in East Germany, perfectly timed for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 3 October 2019.
Just Kids
Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe
Year of the Monkey: The New York Times bestseller
More Tales of a Rock Star's Daughter
From a 1970 meeting with Jimi Hendrix, to Live Aid, Greenham Common, a cancer op and a brief glimpse of Cream's 2005 reunion. This is essentially a punk rock, pub-based soap-opera like no other; set against venues in the smashed-up ruins of a changing world. This follows on from the hilarious and critically acclaimed first volume.
Against Memoir
A queer countercultural icon opens up about all things artistic, radical and romantic. Winner of the PEN American Center essay prize.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
The guitarist for seminal female punk group The Slits recounts playing with Sid Vicious, touring with the Clash, dating Mick Jones, inspiring "Train in Vain," releasing her solo debut in 2012, and much more in this honest and entertaining memoir.
Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop
The vibrant story of how the sound of British pop music was shaped by its industrial cities
Blondie 2019 Square Wall Calendar
In this spectacular new Blondie 2019 calendar, celebrated New York City punk Chris Stein shares his iconic photographs of Debbie Harry, with whom he co-founded the legendary band Blondie in the early 1970s. Captured by one of the period's greatest artists and instigators, these poster-size photographs revel in the glamour and grit of the most influential singer of the era. A must have for lovers of punk and new wave everywhere.
Revenge of the She-Punks: Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot
With her visceral style, Goldman blends interviews, history, and her personal experience as one of Britain's first female music writers in a book that reads like a vivid documentary of a genre defined by dismantling boundaries.
Dayglo!: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene
Poly Styrene was many things: a pop star, a punk, a songwriter, a single mother, a woman of colour, a Hare Krishna convert and an artist, but she is best known as the singer of X-Ray Spex. Dayglo! is the definitive statement on Poly Styrene as an artist.
This Day In Music's Guide To The Jam
Rick Buckler talks us through the formation of The Jam and their early days - being signed by Polydor, their first No 1 record, the video shoots, tours and beyond. Buckler also picks the 50 greatest Jam tracks and tells us how they were written, recorded and the stories behind every one of these classic songs. This book also critiques every Jam studio album as well as listing every Jam tour, The Jam on TV, Awards, video locations and more. This book was previously The Dead Straight Guide To The Jam.
Defying Gravity: Jordan's Story
This book will be the first and only time that Jordan will tell her story in her own words.
Crossover The Edge: Where Hardcore, Punk and Metal Collide
Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
Into The Valley - The Autobiography
From school punk to modern day film producer Richard Jobson's autobiography is a riveting read of how, having suffered a harrowing incident as a child that left him suffering with epilepsy, he overcame his disability to become successful in the world of music and film and it will appeal particularly to fans of Punk Rock, The Skids and Big Country
To Throw Away Unopened
David King Stencils: Past, Present and Crass!
England's Dreaming: Faber Modern Classics
Jon Savage's Ralph Gleason Award-winning England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
This is the story of a cultural phenomenon which embraced Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Patti Smith, The Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, and more. Documenting a time of self-destruction and peverse innocence, this text has contributions from both stars and groupies.
Journey to the Centre of the Cramps
Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition:
Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats
The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you've never heard of. Recording one near - perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time. This is memoir about never quite achieving success, despite flying so close to greatness.
Scene In Between: Tripping Through the Fashions of UK Indie Music 1980-1988
A photographic book surveying the little documented underground indie music and fashion scene in 1980s Britain.
Seven Deadly Sins
'I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched, vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so'The action begins in West Des Moines, Iowa, where Corey Taylor, frontman of heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, systematically set about committing each of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981 - 2013
An exquisite pictorial biography of one of today's most intriguing performers: Nick Cave.
Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned
The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash were the originators of British punk rock. In 1976, they were a three-pronged attack on the self-satisfied rock elite and the inspiration to a new generation of music fans: the fans that would define the future.
Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot
Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot is the full insider's story of this legendary act, as told by the band's original drummer. From their early days in Dusseldorf to the band's implosion in the 80s and beyond, Wolfgang Flur's book is the definitive document of the Man Machine, a synth-driven quartet who transformed the face of modern music.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar. This book deals with her life and work.
I Just Can't Stop It: My Life in the Beat
I Just Can't Stop It is the honest and compelling autobiography from British Music Legend, Ranking Roger.
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored
Paperback edition of the autobiography of one of popular music's most recognizable and talked-about icons
Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980
A compelling visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern society
Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham
The definitive collection of lyrics from three decades of songwriting.
Punks Not Dead, Vol. 2: London Calling
My Bass and Other Animals
Guy Pratt's life as bass player to the stars. The book behind the successful comedy show.
Beat Happening's Beat Happening
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol
From the Kings Road of the early seventies, through the years of the Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and to his self-imposed exile in New York and Los Angeles where he battled with alcohol, heroin and sex addiction - caught in a cycle of rehab and relapse, this is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, changed history.
Blondie's Parallel Lines
This critical account of Blondie s rise also doubles as an alternative history of 1970s American popular music and the downtown New York scene."
Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost
Erin Osmon presents a detailed account of the Rust Belt-born visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter Jason Molina. As the first authorized account of this self-mythologizer, the book provides readers with unparalleled insight into Molina's tormented life and the Midwest musical underground that birthed him.
Buzzcocks - The Complete History
BUZZCOCKS - THE COMPLETE HISTORY is the bible for fans of the legendary Manchester band who gave birth to the independent record movement and released some of the greatest punk records of all time.
When Punk Rocked
From 1976 punk rock took a stranglehold on the British music scene & shook it to the core. This book is a document in word & pictures with previously unpublished photos of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Stranglers, Siouxsie & The Banshees & many more. A fabulous fly on the wall portrayal of Punk in the late seventies & early eighties.
Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
In this, the first book to take a big-picture view of the entire post punk period, acclaimed author and music journalist Simon Reynolds recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music.
Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool: Photographs 1976-1982
I Was a Teenage Banshee
Touch And Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83
Tallowmere Annual
The Tallowmere Annual is a unique collection of words, sound, and ink paintings by musician and artist Keaton Henson. This hardback, special limited edition, mixed-media book tells the fragmented story of a town that never existed.
Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling
It regularly makes the top five in Best of British album polls; Now Marcus Gray tells the story of when, how and where this iconic album was made, detailing the stories behind its songs, revealing contexts for the album both personal and political, and considering the effects since on the members of the band and on our culture.
Hole's Live Through This