Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Review: punkPunk!: An Anthology of Punk Inspired Fiction, Edited by Andrew Hook, Dog Horn Publishing, 216 pages, 2015.

Screw the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That stuffy establishmentarian wordsmith has got to go. Screw them. We all know what 'punk' means. We don't need any squares dictating culture to us.

We all know how punk feels; how it flows in our veins; how it triggers our brains. Punk is life. Punk is freedom. Punk is fresh air and defiance. Punk is expression. Punk is art.

Think of Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Dead Kennedys, and of course The Ramones. Think of the envelopes they pushed off cliffs and the boxes they reduced to rubbish.

Punk is innovation. Punk is the statement. Punk is that shot a culture needs when a culture has gone stale and when its ideas are institutionalized and homogenized. Punk "is" when in a culture its men are no longer men and its women can't tell the difference anymore. Punk is, oh just screw it. If I have tell you then you are a button down white shirted troglodyte.

Here are seventeen tales of inspired fiction about punks; their philosophy and their lifestyle. A collection of heroic swirling vignettes that are defiant, complicated, and innovative.

This is a brave anthology that is uncompromising, modern and in your face. It is not preachy, it is simply mesmerizing. Stories by Mat Coward, Terry Grimwood, P A Levy, Sarah Crabtree, L A Sykes and Mark Slade, amongst others are presented intelligently and thoughtfully; that are engaging and are as entertaining as Hell.

The controlled anarchy of each swirl reads like a successive addictive chapter. This book went quick only because I wouldn't, no I couldn't, put it down.

Understand this is not a retrospective. The fiction here is thoroughly modern, contemporary, relevant and realistic. Take a break from what you are reading right now, yeah right now! and do what Henry Rollins would do---buy this book.

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