Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night


“Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night takes in sex, style, politics and philosophy, filtered through punk experience, while believing in the ruins of memory, to explore a past whose essence is always elusive.”


The fascination with Punk continues to grow and captivate people. Consequently, it is the subject of in-numerous stories and in-numerous essays, all from differing perspectives. Whether it be a brutally intimate dear-diary confessional or a methodical thesis on the ideologies and behaviour of the time- themes of originality, authenticity, verity and contrasting perspectives often wage amongst them. And that is exactly why a book like ‘Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night’ is a welcomed overture.

Instead of trying to fit the discordant discourse on the movement into one neat package labeled ‘PUNK’ like so many have before, editors Richard Cabut and Andrew Gallix have understood that Punk is a different truth to everybody, and it never has and never will be a singular, agreeable narrative. From being both participants and observers from its burgeoning wake, they have seen it ripen and/or rot. So what better way to chronicle the chaos and to ward off nostalgia than to collect and curate an array of aspects in all manner of mediums to project the story.

You will find the not-so-scholarly but daring disclosures of individuals who had intimate involvement in the scene; weightier dissertations from punk-cum-philosophers; and articles from 1977 now annotated by the author with the benefit of forty years. All 28 contributions do their part in covering as much of the length and breadth of Punk that the ever-mutating subject will allow. Of course, it helps that the lineup of contributors reads like an all-star cast of Punk authors.

Punk had burst onto the scene with its aggressive raw energy, confrontational lyrics and rhythm guitars spewing out arrangements that were just unorthodox. It was that moment of revolutionary art, overturning what had gone before.

Our vast selection of Punk books reflects the importance of that subculture from the early 1970’s in New York, through London, The US West Coast, Riot Grrrl through to the current day.  The curated selection includes the photography of Dennis Morris, Kevin Cummins, Sheila Rock and Janette Beckman, biographies of The Undertones, a history of The Roxy club and a good selection of women in Punk including Poly Styrene, Patti Smith, Jordan and Kim Gordon.


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