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Subject Pathfinder: The Literate Punk

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Subject Pathfinder - The Literate Punk: A Guide to Materials Within the Chicago Public Library

Joaquin Falcon LIS704 5/2/2011

The Chicago Public Library System
Since first opening its doors to the public in 1873, the Chicago Public Library has maintained its status of one of the City¶s most democratic of institutions ² providing all Chicagoans with a free and open place to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed. The more than 70 locations of the Chicago Public Library are at the forefront of providing innovative library services, technologies and tools Chicagoans need to achieve their personal goals and to establish the City¶s role as a competitive force in the global marketplace. Since 1989, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Library have opened 56 new or renovated neighborhood libraries ² unprecedented public library growth. These new libraries are that special third place ² beyond home and work ² where people come to improve their lives, nourish their intellect or simply to be entertained. The library is where people of all ages and backgrounds gather freely. Through its rich and current book collections, state of the art technology and cultural and public partnerships, the Chicago Public Library is a thriving, engaged leader in Chicago¶s diverse neighborhoods.

Subject Pathfinder Goals
To inform the reader about the punk rock ethos, philosophy, culture and style To allay misconceptions about the genre, and reaffirm punk¶s underlying intellectual side To inform the reader as to what resources are available within the Chicago Public Library¶s catalog To expose readers of all ages to a timeless genre of music and literature To expose the reader to some challenging, diverse, and great music and writing ³I spent a good portion of the 1990¶s being kicked in the head.´ Joaquin Falcon

Reference Sources
A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974 ± 1982 (2009), Nicholas Rombes A look back at the birth of the punk movement¶s inception, this ³dictionary´ covers a wide range of entries that moves beyond the traditional format. Entries include songs, bands, films and books, and even some phrases native to the genre. (Oi, Oi, Oi!) This is a nice quick-reference tool for the aspiring punk.

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The Rough Guide to Punk, Al Spicer (2006) This pocket-sized reference book covers the musicians, fashions, icons and record labels behind the punk sub-culture. It provides critical reviews of landmark albums and classic singles, plus the lowdown on everything from safety pins and bondage trousers to venues like The Roxy and CBGBs. It describes the history of punk, detailing key events, gigs and releases, from the seventies to the present day.

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Punk: The Illustrated History of a Music Revolution, Adrian Boot & Chris Salewicz (1997) An ambitious reference guide, this works attempts to provide a bandby-band guide to the men and women responsible for unleashing punk rock on the world. Written by fans, but critical of the genre, this Illustrated History details from where punk came, its crash, and its rebirth into today¶s music scene.

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Punk: The Whole Story, Mark Blake, editor (2006) A big, glossy, information-packed work replete with great photography and interviews, it concentrates mainly on the English punk scene. A good starter for Anglophiles, the absence of many influential American bands makes this work a less than well-rounded resource in the punk canon.

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Punk Rock: An Oral History, John Robb; edited by Oliver Craske (2006) A testimonial from English punker John Robb, formerly of The Membranes, this work is a historical tour of the early punk scene by the musicians and scenesters who made it happen. As with most oral histories, the stories are interesting, but can be a bit rambling, but one cannot dispute its authenticity. These tales may warn a few away from the scene!

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Punk, Steven Colgrave & Chris Sullivan (2005) Another history that focuses on the ³Golden Age of Punk´, this work covers the history of the music, the attitude and dress of the Sex Pistols (as well as their history, as they were assembled by London shopkeeper Malcolm McLaren), and the general transition of the punk scene from underground outlaws to a household word in suburbia.

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Punk Rock Etiquette, Travis Nichols (2008) Punk has always had a strong DIY ethic to it, and this guide is a howto manual for forming your own punk band, organizing a tour, and marketing yourself. Utilizing humor and relevant stories, this manual attempts to show the novice musician how to go about starting off in the live music world, and more importantly, how to conduct one¶s self onstage and on the road.

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The Encyclopedia of Punk, Brian Cogan; foreword by Penelope Spheris (2008) It takes a major fan to undertake the writing of an encyclopedia for an entire genre, but Cogan tackles the whole gambit in this social history, highlighting the scene¶s causes such as equality, environmentalism, and animal welfare, but also highlighting some of the negatives associated with the movement, including violence, Neo-Nazism, and drug abuse within the scene. A complete and compelling work for anyone interested in the genre.

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Story Behind the Protest Song: a Reference Guide to the 50 Songs that Changed the 20th Century, Hardeep Phull (2008) While this is not a volume dedicated solely to the punk rock genre, it is included to demonstrate the power of the genre, and to reiterate the power of the music. While I may not agree with the author¶s particular choice of punk protest song inclusions (Green Day?!?), I do appreciate the fact that the genre is represented, as punk does a fight song like nothing else.

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You Weren¶t There ± A History of Chicago Punk 1977-84, Joe Losurdo & Christina Tillman, Directors (2009) A film devoted to the Chicago punk scene¶s early years, this too-cool documentary follows the scene¶s early years in the Windy City, and displays the relationship between the city¶s punks and gay community, as gay bars were often the only places the bands could get stage time. The film documents the bands and people responsible for the scene, and establishes Chicago as an important world punk destination.

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The Filth and the Fury, Julian Temple, Director (2000) The Sex Pistols were a band for only 26 months, but became arguably the most visible punk band ever. Compiling classic footage and interviews, Director Julian Temple chronicles their rise from gutter punk to magazine cover boys ± even though their bassist couldn¶t play to save his life, and had a nagging love for heroin.

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The Future is Unwritten, Julian Temple, Director (2008) This documentary about the Clash¶s Joe Strummer is both a history of the musician and his band, maybe the most important to come out of England, and labeled ³The only band that matters´. The film is a collection of interviews with musicians, celebrities, and people whose lives were changed by his music, his radio show, and his humor.

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The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB¶s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, Steven Lee Beeber (2006) A book that documents the ³Godfathers of Punk´, a collection of American musicians who were influential in the New York music scene, who all happened to be Jewish, and all seemed to congregate at one venue, NYC¶s historic CBGB theater. While the book centers on the lack of visibility of Jews in American popular music, it is a great expose about artists such as Lou Reed, the Ramones, a filthy rock club, and the music they all made together.

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American Hardcore, Paul Rachman, Director (2007) Set against the conservative early 80s political landscape, this film chronicles the homegrown hardcore scene that was a swift kick in the head to corporate rock and mainstream complacency, as disaffected teens adopted the same collective credo--harder, faster, louder. This film documents what American punks did in the 1980¶s to set themselves apart from the English scene, and set the face for punk to come.

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London Calling, The Clash (1979) The best album the Clash ever produced, it created a different punk sound than what people were used to. Combining reggae, rock, and ska, its powerful anthems were a political call to action for a generation, and the band experienced both fan and critical acclaim across the globe.

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Double Nickels on the Dime, The Minutemen (1984) This epic album packs 45 tracks into just over an hour¶s worth of music, living up to the band¶s name, which is a descriptor of a typical song¶s length. While not entirely ³punk´ in nature (the album contains guitar solos (not punk rock) and more structured songwriting than most), the album lives on as it took the genre in a new direction, and added some California-dreaming elements to its rock and roll center.

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13 Songs, Fugazi (1989) Fugazi is a hardcore band at heart, fronted by Ian McKaye, formerly of Minor Threat, and a devoted straight-edger. Fugazi exemplifies the ³matured´ punk sound, featuring no-nonsense, straight-up, intelligent, rock and roll. Listening to this band makes you want to start eating brown rice and vegetables while seriously considering what the topic of your manifesto will be.

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Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, Social Distortion (1992) Southern California¶s Social Distortion has a rockabilly soul, and this release is the band¶s best example of their sound. While this band may not try to rip your face off like other ³traditionally punk´ bands, it is tattooed cowpunk at its finest, preferably played within the confines of any American automobile manufactured before 1970.

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Operation Ivy, Operation Ivy (1989) Taking inspiration from the Clash, Operation Ivy, fronted by Tim Armstrong is a masterpiece of guitar driven rock and roll, multiple singers, and an underlying reggae and ska influence. The only complete album the band ever officially released, it is a masterpiece of danceable anthems, political fury, and teenage angst.

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New Wave, Against Me! (2007) The first major - label release by Florida's Against Me!, this contemporary group is one of the first of it¶s generation to tackle politics head-on, while making a great noise at the same time. Topics deal with the Bush administration, drug abuse, and ugly Americans abroad, all while keeping to a weird folk ethos that gives the band their signature sound, and the greatest junkie empowerment anthem ever, ³Thrash Unreal.´

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