What are the best punk books?

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    #1Please Kill Me

    Please Kill Me
    Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain features a history of pop movements, particularly punk rock and roll. This book received Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year.

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    Bruce Vasquez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am in to punk music. I like to keep up with the history. Please Kill Me went into great detail about the genre. It featured many interviews and told stories I found interesting. It was great to see my favorite bands and their roots."
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    #2Nobody Special

    Nobody Special

    Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger is a fiction book written by Jack Deadmen. This novel is first published in December 2012 by A Raven Desk Tome.


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    Joyce Santos
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Nobody Special is the story of the The Death of Johnny Salinger as written by Jack Deadmen. The book goes deep into the world of punk and beat poet subcultures and brings to life a world that most of us aren't familiar with. A fun read."
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    #3Our Band Could Be Your Life

    Our Band Could Be Your Life
    Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 is a non-fiction music biography book written by Michael Azerrad. It is first published in 2001. 

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    #4We Got the Neutron Bomb

    We Got the Neutron Bomb

    We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk is a historical non-fiction book about music written by Brendan Mullen and Marc Spitz. It is published in 2001. 


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    Craig Kim
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book is the best punk book for the money. If your interested in the genre, and even considered yourself a devout of this lifestyle, get this book asap. Is good to learn the history of punk in a historical setting, and this author tells it as it is without resorting to exaggerations or outright lies."
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    #5Get in the Van

    Get in the Van
    Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag is a non-fiction music memoir written by Henry Rollins. This biography book is first published in 1994. 

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    Claire Ma
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I was so excited to read this, as I grew up on Black Flag's music. I never knew the true story behind everything, and now that I do, I love Black Flag that much more. It's a rocking book and will keep you entertained until the end page."
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    #6England's Dreaming

    England's Dreaming

    England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond is a historical non-fiction biography written by Jon Savage. It is first published in 1991. 


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    Guillermina Franco
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Books Every Punk Must Read. Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone. Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus. Get in the Van by Henry Rollins. Just Kids by Patti Smith. We Got the Neutron Bomb by Marc Spitz with Brendan ..."
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    #7Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs is a historical non-fiction biography written by Brendan Mullen. It is first published in 2002 by Feral House. 


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    Robert Payne
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is an interesting book in that it is more of a "slice of life" tale during a particular time and zeitgeist than an absorbing narrative with a can't-put-it-done page turning plot. This is great if you are familiar with, or lived through, the punk scene in Los Angeles during the late 70's and early 80's -- it really captures the vibe of that era. For those looking for something a little more heavy on plot, then you might be a little disappointed."
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    #8Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain is written by Charles R. Cross based on the exclusive access to Cobain's unreleased diaries, more than 400 interviews and documentation, revealing his early life to his rise to fame. 


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    Phillip Sanchez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is one of the most complete books about Kurt Cobain that you can find. The writer was able to get ahold of his unpublished diaries and give the reader a look into the troubled life of this musical genius. It's really a comprehensive look at Cobain's entire life right up to his suicide."
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    #9Standing In Two Circles

    Standing In Two Circles

    Standing In Two Circles: The Collected Works of Boyd Rice is an Arts, Music book written by Boyd Rice and edited by Brian M. Clark. It was published October 2, 2008 by Creation Books.


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    Carl Ray
    Written on May 1, 2018
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    #10I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

    I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

    I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is a standalone young adult contemporary novel written by Stephanie Kuehnert which centers on the life of Emily. This is published by the MTV Books. 


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    Ralph Thompson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A great book for the punk enthusiast. If your a fan of the Ramones you will not be able to put this book down. The characters are relate able, but maybe a bit to dramatic. A fun read for any punk rock fan."


Best What are the best punk books
1Please Kill MeBooks 30 Paid
2Nobody SpecialBooks 27 Paid
3Our Band Could Be Your LifeBooks 25 Paid
4We Got the Neutron Bomb Books 23 Paid
5Get in the VanBooks 21 Paid
6England's DreamingBooks 20 Paid
7Lexicon DevilBooks 19 Paid
8Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt CobainBooks 17 Paid
9Standing In Two CirclesBooks 0 Paid
10I Wanna Be Your Joey RamoneBooks -1 Paid

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