This is a chronicle of the punk years that includes critical writings on the performers and music and follows what the author calls the punk sensibility of "dread, release, negation, empowerment and excitement as it developed from about 1975 to the present".
Prologue - the end of the 1960s. Part 1 Two late beginnings: Johnny Rotten and Margaret Drabble; the end of an antichrist - sex pistols, Winterland, San Francisco, 14 January 1978. Part 2 1977-1979: Elvis Costello - the old Waldorf, San Francisco, 16 November 1977; the clash; doom squad; from 1979, remove 7, add zero to 9, then wait; dead air; live at the Roxy; gang of four; logic; rock death in the 1970s - a sweepstakes. Part 3 1980: fear in the marketplace - real life rock top ten 1979; hi, this is America ...; war in the Catamaran; plague disco; ripped to shreds; it's fab, it's passionate, it's wild, it's intelligent! it's the hot new sound of England today!; love and death in the American novel; Elvis Costello's bill of rights; the roots of punk, #783; yes nukes; success and failure in the wilderness; suspicious minds; the next president of the United States. Part 4 1981-1982: life and life only; songs of random terror - real life rock; top ten 1980; ideal home noise; crimes against nature; the au Pairs in their time; kiss kiss bang bang; charts of the Gods; food fight - real life rock top ten 1981; life after death; dial twisting; from "Elvis Costello Repents" - the rolling stone interview; badlands. Part 5 1983-1985: the Mekons story; in the fascist bathroom; free speech, #1; imperial margarine; gone with the wind; four more years; 400,000 more years; corrupting the absolute; number one with a bullet; less than zero; the last president of the United States. Part 6 1986: alone and forsaken; the last broadcast; king of Nebraska; flat, toneless and tiresome; hum-drum; sand in your mouth; U.S.A. combat heroes; the return of king Arthur; free speech, #2. Part 7 1987-1992: born dead; the return of iron butterfly; judgment day; music; more bad news; groovy hate fuck; punk is where you find it; an echo; the assassin; chapters from history; yglg. Part 8 Three premature endings: the return of the ranter; the end of the 1980s; the return of the antichrist. Epilogue - a brief return of the 1960s - real life rock top ten spring 1991; I am a cliche.
In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92 by Greil Marcus
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