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I have to admit, I find books on the early punk movement somewhat tiresome, and to say the subject has been done to death would be an understatement. But there are, of course, exceptions….

The Day the Country Died is the second in a series of now four books by former Stampin’ Ground bassist and Terrorizer magazine scribe Ian Glasper following the British punk scene. This installment of the series features the Anarcho movement between 1980-1984, moving away from brightly coloured mohawks and swearing on the Bill Grundy show, Glasper charts the story of the bands that made the movement both dangerous and exciting.

With a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, the music became self-sufficient and considerably more aggressive, blending a DIY ethos with activism to create the perfectly bleak soundtrack to the zeitgeist of a discontented British youth. Including such iconic bands as Crass, Conflict, Flux of Pink Indians, Subhumans, Chumbawamba, Oi Pollo, Amebix, Rubella Ballet and Zounds to name but a few, Glasper’s history of punk stands out as an important and relevant history of the genre.

Cherry Red Books/Paperback/£14.99/9781901447705

Dave Faulds

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