KMA1101 Punk: The Brutal Truth

On our anniversary trip last weekend, we killed a few minutes in the Chapters store. We don’t have one in our town, so when we get to a town that has one (about once a year), we find it fun to go through all the bargain books. There’s always a lot of crap, but often there’s a good find to be had, as well.

Like this one that I chose to buy, Hugh Fielder and Mike Gent’s book:


The original flap price was UK £20 / USD $35. As you can see, it went to CDN $19.99, then (in the upper right) it was $5.00… and I got it for $1.00. I suppose if I’d waited a bit longer they would just have given it to me, to be rid of it, but $1 seemed as good a point as any to take the bait.

It’s a big, lovely hard cover book full of a bunch of punks who likely never imagined such a thing would ever exist. In fact, they probably would have sneered at the very idea and told anyone who proposed this idea to fuck right off.

No matter, it’s good fun to flip through these pages. The blurbs are short, and it’s a cool and concise history of the movement on both sides of the Atlantic, and it’s illustrated with all sorts of fun pictures [click to embiggen and read!]…



I’ve really been enjoying this book. Cool find!

Posted on 2014-09-30, in posts by aaron and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Gotta love those scores buddy! ESP for a $1


  2. I never got punk. Never. Malcolm McLaren in a chat show a few years ago saying that he really liked the Bee Gees all along pretty much sums it up. What an opportunist! Something ostensibly “from the streets” was actually a marketing gag. Give me a break. Then, from an interview with some band: “Other bands just pretended that they couldn’t play their instruments, but we really couldn’t”. Even if you don’t like 1970s Genesis (“boring old farts” at age 27), you don’t have to claim that it is evil.

    I was here last Saturday. Everything was good except Paul Di’Anno. I had seen Zwijsen and Maiden UniteD before and they delivered their usual high quality, Zwijsen with the addition of Anne Bakker. Blaze Bayley was really good. While his two Maiden albums might not be the best, they are far from the worst, and are definitely the most underrated. (Actually, Maiden is one of the few bands which has never released a dud album. Personally, I like the first two slightly less than the rest, but even the first two are quite good.)

    Di’Anno (with one exception playing only songs from his time with Maiden; Blaze played only his Maiden songs) was what I expected the first two albums to be like before I actually heard them: heavy metal, but with a punk spirit. Actually, his performance was even worse than I expected. Way too much punk, much rawer than the first two albums.

    Damien Wilson is a really good singer. Not a clone of Bruce, but still well suited to the material. If Bruce ever retires, Maiden would be a fool not to hire him (and he would be a fool not to accept).


    • Hey Phillip! Sorry, somehow comments from you and Scott (Heavymetaloverload) were getting spammed on our site. We didn’t change anything, so I have no idea what was up. I’ve gone in and Approved your comments again, so hopefully no more will drop off on us!

      I understand your feelings on punk. Absolutely they were opportunists, they were pretty blatant about it. It’s like any other movement, they all get a sound and a uniform and away they go. For me, punk music is just fun to listen to – it has good energy, and the best stuff actually has something to say. There have been times in its history where it had more of a social conscience than mainstream (sometimes bloated) rock did, which is pretty funny coming from a bunch of self-admitted fuck-ups. But as with anything, once something becomes noticed, a lot of groups pile on, muddy the waters, and it becomes a big mess same as anything else. I tend to just pick and choose from any genre the things I enjoy and just ignore the rest. Stuff like hating on Genesis or Zeppelin or the Stones was surely just drumming up controversy.

      I’ll agree to disagree with you on the Maiden albums with Blaze, insofar as if I go to listen to Maiden, it is never those records I choose. They didn’t do as much for me, probably just ‘cos my ear was wanting Bruce and not getting him. As for the first two albums, I liked them, I liked the punk energy in the metal. Shame that Di’Anno missed the mark. I’m glad you liked the show overall, though!

      Thanks for stopping by, Phillip! We always appreciate your insightful comments, you gove good perspective. Here’s hoping your comments come through with ease, from now on!


  3. Sounds like good value for money there!


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