Earth Island Books is an independent book publisher.
We work with a punk rock ethic which has resulted in a varied catalogue of wonderful titles on alternative subjects.
We publish genre defining books and for us,
quality is more important than quantity.
We are incredibly proud of our publications
and of the authors with whom we work.
Working alongside Engineer Records, an independent, alternative record label with over 300 rocking releases,
Earth Island Books has produced some compelling reads ranging from fiction to music to history. There's some really exciting new titles lined up. Take a look, get in touch!
Ian Glasper has been writing about punk since 1986, when he first started his own fanzine, ‘Little Things Please Little Minds’. He's wrote for Record Collector and Terrorizer, before deciding to write his own books; ‘Burning Britain’, covering 77 to 82 punk (2003), ‘The Day The Country Died: A History Of Anarcho Punk 1980 – 1984’ (2006), ‘Trapped In A Scene: UK Hardcore 1985 – 1989’ (2009) and ‘Armed With Anger: How UK Punk Survived The Nineties’ (2012), a huge volume that contemplated the ‘difficult’ Nineties period. He has also written 'Contract in blood: A history of thrash metal' and now 'The scene that would not die', his latest alternative music and lifestyle book for Earth Island Books, a hefty read that covers the UK punk scene since the turn of the century up until the current bands.
During the whole of this time, Glasper has also been busy writing, recording and touring with his own punk and hardcore bands, keeping his finger firmly on the pulse and staying in touch with the grass roots DIY element of the punk scene that so drew him to it in the first place. He firmly maintains that you can’t fake this, and can only really write with authority on the things you know and have experienced for yourself.
He currently writes for Bass Player, Down For Life and Fistful of Metal magazines, as well as contributing to online webzines such as Mass Movement and regularly penning liner notes for retrospective punk releases.