The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists
Amy Wallace and 'Handsome' Dick Manitoba
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The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists
Amy Wallace and 'Handsome' Dick Manitoba
Backbeat Books
316 pages
November 2007
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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This is a fun diversion and a sort of left-turn in terms of resource materials. It is the punk equivalent of the various other Rock List books currently available. There are humorous illustrations, and it would make for a perfect bathroom reader. In fact, in his intro, music industry veteran Danny Fields relates, "Books of lists are indeed a complementary element in a place that everyone, everyone, thinks of as his or her throne ..."

Some of these lunatic lists include

  • Johnny Rotten's 22 Picks, Circa 1977
  • Henry Rollins' List of the Beginnings of What Could Have Been Good Lists
  • Gilby Clarke's 10 Best Punk Rock Guitar Solos
  • 23 Punk Hairdos
  • Kim Fowley's List of 10 Golden Moments in Punk Rock
  • Bob Gruen's Top 10 Most Photogenic Punk Rockers

And there's so much more. As Fields relates in the close of his introduction, "Like a great Ramones song, what makes it (the book) fun is that for two minutes and five seconds, existence is perfect. Any list that takes longer than that will serve no life-enhancing goal at all." He is right. These lists are like 3-minute pop songs - the moment you begin to be unamused, it's over. And it's on the next one.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2007

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