PUNK DIARY 1970-1982
Coming JULY 2005 from Backbeat Books

The publication of Punk Diary 1970-'79 and it's follow up Post-Punk Diary 1980-'82 set a new high water mark in formation about the underground rock movement in both the UK and US. Both of the books went out of print in the last few years and after repeated requests, they've been retooled, refurbished and put back into print!


This new book takes BOTH of the original volumes and combines them into one massive book, 750+ pages long, completely indexed, with improved pictures, and with over 700 new entries and discoveries. Did you know that Devo first played in public in 1973? How about Oingo Boingo's debut single in 1976?

A towering stack of records, newspapers, biographies and interview tapes has been distilled into the definitive volume of the times.



Of course! The highlight for some will be the 1981 vintage interviews with R.E.M. and U2. The R.E.M. clip catches the band just before "Chronic Town" is released, and the U2 bit was recorded as they made their way across America on their first US tour in April of '81, and the Ramones discussing 'success' in 1983. The other interviews on the disc include: Adam & The Ants, The Beat, The Cult, The Cure, Damned, Depeche Mode, Devo, Gang Of Four, Gary Numan, The Go Gos, Lords Of The New Church, Nick Lowe, Oingo Boingo, OMID, Psychedelic Furs, Squeeze, Stray Cats, Style Council, Ultravox, and XTC.

You can order your copy now, and have it signed by the author as you wish. It will be shipped to you as soon as possible. It's only $24.95 + $4 media mail shipping within the U.S.  Postage for overseas buyers is pretty expensive since it's such a heavy book. You can get things started with a simple payment to PayPal. Thanks!


Just to see what it looks like inside the cover, here's a peek.

SAMPLE PAGE : November 1977


SAMPLE PAGE : July 1981

Read a sample month's entries (from the original book)



What's the motivation behind this book, and what makes it different from other books you've seen on punk rock?

Punk Chronology


For all the arguments about 'who started punk'- here's the final word. A chronology of the first six years of the '70s. Draw your own informed conclusions, but check out the book for the nitty-gritty details!

The Massive Index

The index of this book contains more information that most other books on punk. Use it as a handy reference to what happened when, or as a quickie discography for your favorite underground bands. Even so- this index only represents 10 pages from a 750 page book!


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Thanks!- George Gimarc

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The book Hollywood Hi Fi, some records I'm getting rid of, KZEW concert commercials and other stuff.