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The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984 [Paperback]

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If the bands in Burning Britain were loud, political, and uncompromising, those examined in Ian Glasper's new book were even more so. With Crass and Poison Girls opening the floodgates, the arrival of bands like Zoundz, Flux of Pink Indians, Conflict, Subhumans, Dirt, The Mob, Omega Tribe, and Icons of Filth heralded a new age of honesty and integrity in the 1980s underground music scene. It was a time when punk stopped being merely a radical fashion statement, and became a force for real social change. Anarchy in punk rock no longer meant "cash from chaos"—it meant "freedom, peace, and unity." Comprehensively covering all the groups and names, big and small,  The Day the Country Died also features exclusive interviews and hundreds of never-before-published photos. 

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Pages   471
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Cherry Red Books
ISBN  1901447707  
ISBN13  9781901447705  

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Great Book  May 26, 2008
This is a fantastic book about the era of anarcho punk, and I recommend this book to all punk fanatics. This is as close to the history of anarcho punk and I don't think there are any books that can be better than this one. Great book and is a must read.
Tries too hard  Dec 30, 2007
This is a very nice book for someone wanting a series of interviews with bands from the punk era. I don't agree that all were "Anarcho-Punk" bands though, and even some of the band members interviewed for the book disagreed with the author's perceptions of their status in the Anarcho-punk movement of the period.

There are some excellent interviews and biographies of bands who don't make it into books and were even overlooked by anything other than local fanzines and all bands mentioned have a discography included for people who have the time and money to hunt out classic vinyl (a lot never made it to CD). I do feel that the author tried to cram in too many bands as fillers for the book and so it becomes quite repetitive with the not quite so well known bands all having similar stories to tell, hence the reduction from a 4 star to a 3 star book.

It was very nice to see Zounds and Flux of Pink Indians make it into a "history" book though as these are two very influential bands who so often fail to be anything more than a footnote on other books claiming to cover this era of punk. An excellent read for those of us who realise that the punk movement was not about The Clash and Sex Pistols but was about the bands who struggled from small club to small club who had something relevant to say to the disillusioned youth of Thatcher's Britain.
Great little read  Jul 19, 2007
If you are a fan of hardcore/punk then you need this in your collection.

Forget BLush's 'American hardcore' BS this is well put together collection of histories of some of the most (and least) well known Anarcho/Punk bands of the UK. From Crass to Zounds, Flux, Oi Polloi and a whole bunch of others are included. Yeh, because of the number of bands included in this book there is not an awful lot of detail there is a gret little discography at the end of each chapter though for anyone looking for the music of the bands mentioned.

Most of the stuff on the bands covers their history (how they formed, band members, memorable events etc) Still, for the size of the book its still worth buying. It is interesting to read some of the comments of band members who for the most part are speaking long after their former bands have split up and have since moved on in life. Interviews that stand out for me are from former members of Crass who for the most part seem to see themsleves as beeing unfairly placed as 'spokesmen of the anarchist movement' and also their own concept of what anarchism realm meant.

I just wish it got more in-depth.  Apr 11, 2007
As an american punk in suburbia in the early 80's, these anarcho bands were a big part of my soundtrack, so it's great to read the interviews, and learn about the bands. I do think the interviews could have been a little more candid, though I give high marks to several of the features. It's also real nice to read about some of the lesser known bands.
I give it 4 stars for the content. This is Ian Glasper's best book.
I would have given it 5 stars, but nicked off a star for the typesetting (I blame the publishers for that though), I would find my eyes getting very strained after even reading for a little bit.
Also, I am wondering why the Poison Girls were not featured.

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