Punk: The Definitive Guide to the Blank Generation & Beyond

Backbeat: Rowman & Littlefield. Jan. 2023. 376p. ISBN 9781493062409. pap. $22.95. MUSIC
Music writer Weidman (The Doors FAQ) surveys punk rock and its offshoots. After trying to define the amorphous genre, he delves into Jamaican ska bands, glam rock, proto-punkers, New York punk (the Ramones; Patti Smith), and the British scene (the Sex Pistols; the Clash) by devoting a paragraph or two to each notable band or musician, each with a listening guide. The book contains short, alphabetically arranged entries about prominent women punkers and the clubs, record labels, and the rise of Southern California hardcore, such as Black Flag, related to this category. The author summarizes essential punk literature, well-known concerts and tours, and stellar songs, albums, videos, and record covers in the genre. Weidman concludes with the legacy of punk, including encyclopedia-like descriptions of pop punk, grunge, new wave, and riot grrrl groups, along with a time line and bibliography.
VERDICT Though not unearthing any new material or assembling the definitive guide to his subject, Weidman offers a rock-solid, well-informed overview of punk rock and its offspring for the uninitiated.
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