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Babylon’s burning: From punk to grunge

July 12th, 2009 · posted by gavin · marked as: Book reviews · Reviews

Gavin Burrows gives a thorough consideration of the conclusions in Babylon’s Burning, and wonders why hardcore seems to have been erased from the narrative and the Bromley scene turned into punk rock’s year zero.

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Crass: “I’ll make no subscription to your paradise”

August 11th, 2008 · posted by gavin · marked as: Other reviews · Reviews

Back when the countdown to the invasion of Iraq was on, I was busily telling everybody the reason for my war opposition – I feared it would lead to Crass reforming. This proved prescient because, after years of rumour, an anti-war benefit did go ahead under the rebranded heading Crass Collective, in turn leading to sporadic performances as the Last Amendment.

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Panic attack: Art in the punk years

January 3rd, 2008 · posted by gavin · marked as: Other reviews · Reviews

Drunk or sober, it’s a conversation I must have had thousands of times by now. What was punk really “all about”? Though certain patterns emerge, I soon came to realise that everyone had their own take on things. Its adherents don’t tend to see punk as a consumer identity to buy into, or as a [...]

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