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Pretty Vacant: A History of Punk

Phil Strongman

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Punk, New Wave & Indie, Prose: non-fiction

The definitive history of punk, told by one of punk's most knowledgeable experts.

From the precursors of punk, through the famous Bill Grundy show when punk first hit the nation's consciousness to the modern-day heirs, such as Green Day, punk has evolved and taken over so many aspects of life that even banks now use punk lettering to appeal to their markets.

In this brilliant account of punk, the author has interviewed all the major figures to build a complete portrait of a remarkable era of change in music and youth culture. The story features Richard Branson, Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood, Tony Parsons and many more who took their early steps to fame and fortune around this time. Band members of The Clash, Stranglers, Sex Pistols and many others recall what happened, bringing their story to life with vivid anecdotes and telling detail.

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Praise for Pretty Vacant: A History of Punk

  • Powerfully narrated and phenomenally well-informed, Strongman's book is less about punk as a street-level cultural movement than an epic account of its leading figures - Sunday Times

  • An accessible and entertaining account of a period that changed British culture - Choice

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