From the Underground Book Collection: Turn The World Dayglo – The Creative Life Of Poly Styrene

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Turn the World Dayglo

Turn the World Dayglo: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene “I think her legacy is: ‘Don’t be scared of being different. Embrace it, harness it.’ Poly will be remembered for being the one who opened the doors for so many people who were different and wanted to express themselves.” – Mike Bennett Underground has always… Read more »

From the Underground Book Collection: Defying Gravity by Jordan Mooney and Cathi Unsworth

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UNDERGROUND ENGLAND BOOKS DEFYING GRAVITY BY JORDAN MOONEY

Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story by Jordan Mooney and Cathi Unsworth “Jordan created punk rock. She was selling it on the front line”- Adam Ant Caught up in the chaos as anarchy began to sweep the UK, Jordan Mooney (real name Pamela Rooke) was at the centre of the movement. Originally a ballet student from Sussex,… Read more »

From the Underground Book Collection: Spirit of 76, London Punk Eyewitness by John Ingham

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UNDERGROUND ENGLAND BOOKS SPIRIT OF 76 BY JOHN INGHAM

Spirit of 76 by John Ingham Taken over ten days and three shows, these photographs triumphantly showcase the energy, fashion and palpable atmosphere of 1976. From innocent beginnings to becoming portrayed as ‘violent’ by the mass media following a few incidents, punk quickly became known to the mainstream public. Boasting unseen photographs from the early… Read more »

From the Underground Book Collection: Ripped & Torn, the Loudest Punk Fanzine in the UK by Tony Drayton

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UNDERGROUND ENGLAND BOOKS RIPPED AND TORN BY TONY DRAYTON

“Ripped & Torn was the supercool paper that always got it right” – Jayne County Tearing up the rule book and capitalising on the ethos of D.I.Y, the presentation of Ripped & Torn is the quintessential nod to the thriving late 70’s punk scene. It contains a collection of all eighteen issues of the original… Read more »

From the Underground Book Collection: Revenge of the She-punks by Vivien Goldman

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Vivien Goldman, author of Revenge of the She-Punks in 1981 (Photo Credit: Jean Bernard Sohiez) Vivien Goldman’s essential punk herstory ‘Revenge of the She-Punks’ explores the crucial relationship between the genre and gender. A veteran of punk, new wave and reggae since the 1970s, Vivien Goldman is a renowned writer, musician and academic. Goldman was… Read more »

Ten Songs with Social Messages: These Emerging Bands Are Making a Statement

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Ten Songs with Social Message to Listen (Lucia & The Best Boys, Photo Credit: Cameron Brisbane) Throughout the ages, musicians have taken it upon themselves to discuss the wider issues surrounding them. From the politically-charged ‘God Save The Queen’ by the Sex Pistols, to Micheal Jackson’s soulful plea for nature in ‘Earth Song’, and his… Read more »

Sounds of Sheffield: Check out These Up-and-coming Bands from Sheffield

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Bands from Sheffield: Feral Family (Photo Credit: Manc Wanderer) Gone are the days of Sheffield’s music scene being a saturation of Arctic Monkeys-wannabes. The indie scene continues to strive along with heavier punk and post-punk with exciting independent labels and venues carrying artists through. Here are some of our favourite Sheffield bands we would like… Read more »

Feminist Punk Icons that Set the Stage for Female Empowerment in the Rock ‘n’ Roll world

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Feminist Punk Icons: Patti Smith (Photo Credit: Judy Linn) Hallmarked by a combination of punk rock and a desire to do things by their own admission, these feminist punk icons have changed the game. From the original trailblazer Patti Smith to up-and-coming noisemakers The Red Stains, their legacy remains the same – an intention to… Read more »