"Essential" We sent a copy of Ian Glasper's new book, 'The scene that would not die - Twenty years of post-millennial punk in the UK' over to Joachim and the guys at OxFanzine in Germany and Guntram Pintgen has just reviewed it for their new issue.
Here's what he had to say;
"With this unbelievably extensive volume, heavy as a brick, Ian Glasper's meticulously and lovingly researched chronicle of the punk scene in the United Kingdom, which was already referred to in "The Day The Country Died: A History Of Anarcho Punk 1980- 1984 "," Trapped In A Scene: UK Hardcore 1985-1989 ", as well as" Armed With Anger: How UK Punk Survived The Nineties" and covered the last forty years. The pleasant thing about this work is that you don't have to study it from the beginning to the end, but can choose one of the 111 chapters depending on your mood, each of which illuminates a group with which Glasper also conducted interviews and which have their say on the original sound. In addition, there are some photos, old flyers / concert posters, a selected discography and, if available, corresponding internet links for each band. Of course, even on more than 600 pages, Glasper cannot take into account all the punk bands that have existed in Great Britain in the allotted time frame. But all 111 bands mentioned have in common that they are just as committed to political issues as they are to their own music. Musically, the bands differ greatly from each other, but besides topics such as veganism and anti-fascism, they all have the do-it-yourself idea in common. What is noticeable when leafing through the band photos, and that is also an international phenomenon: none of the 111 bands are young, all of them at least in their late twenties, most of them much older. Like everything from Ian Glasper, essential.