05 agosto 2009

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUNK



The Encyclopedia of Punk
Brian Cogan (Autor), Penelope Spheeris (Prefácio), 2008, Greenwood Press
Ultimamente não tenho encontrado grandes livros sobre música mas, por um incrível acaso, dei de caras com este título na FNAC de Braga, a um preço muito acessível, tendo em atenção não só a dimensão e volume da publicação mas igualmente a qualidade da sua impressão e o fantástico número de fotografias que incluí. Simultaneamente, trata-se de uma obra com recheio valioso, não se limitando a recriar o que já centenas de outros autores fizeram, repetindo até à exaustão os chavões e fotografias da praxe. Esta obra vale cada um dos euros que por ela se dá!...

Brian Cogan captures the spirit of punk music and culture in his detailed descriptions of various bands, songs, genres, and records. Frequently noting musical influences and professional relationships, Cogan succeeds in conveying the contemporary feelings of excitement and experimentation surrounding the movement. In the process, he explores the clubs and locations that set the early scene for the music, the record labels and leading spirits who set the tone for punk culture, as well as the fanzines, books and films that have helped keep the movement alive. Also examined are the relationship of punk to drug use, fashion, parents and politics. Needless to say, Cogan views punk culture as an active development, and he demonstrates it continuing influence in the likes of Fugazi, the Riot Grrrl movement, and Green Day. With nearly 600 entries and selected discographies, this entertaining guide is certain to find an audience in high school, public and academic libraries. [Lawrence Looks,Books October 2006]

Cogan draws on his long-term involvement with punk culture as writer and musician to create this broad-based, up-to-date guide to the performers, publications, labels, venues, and terminology of punk. The more than 600 entries are alphabetically arranged, and can also be found via a topical guide and analytical index....The work's strength is the analytical discussion of styles (e.g., emo, hardcore, straight edge); city scenes; gender, sexual, and political issues; and influences (e.g., reggae, rockabilly, Captain Beefheart), with coverage inclusive of 1960's protopunk through each evolution of the following 40 years....Recommended. All levels. [Choice 01-12-2006]

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