Ian Glasper has been writing about punk since 1986, when he first started his own fanzine, ‘Little Things Please Little Minds’. Although it only ran for five issues, it helped him realise that he could indeed string a few words together, and gave him the confidence to start writing reviews for Record Collector and a hardcore punk column for Terrorizer, an extreme music magazine that he contributed to for the next twenty years.
In 2003, he got fed up of reviewing books about the Sex Pistols and The Clash, and decided to write a book about the particular era of the UK punk scene that was closest to his own heart, the second wave of punk during the early Eighties – or UK82, as it became more affectionately known. The resultant ‘Burning Britain’ tome, published by Cherry Red in 2003 to much critical acclaim, flew off the shelves and is now widely regarded as the definitive document on that period.
It was followed by ‘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 is now writing 'The scene that would not die', his latest alternative music and lifestyle book for Earth Island Books.
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 the (brand new) Fistful of Metal magazines, as well as contributing to online webzines such as Mass Movement and regularly penning liner notes for retrospective punk releases.