Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons

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PM Press, 2013 - Music - 287 pages
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Featuring interviews with leading figures of the punk underground, including Ian MacKaye, from Minor Threat and Fugazi; Jello Biafra, from Dead Kennedys; and Dave Dictor, from MDC, this book probes the legacy of punk's sometimes fuzzy political ideology, its homegrown traditions, and its rupturing of social norms. Passionate, far-reaching, and fresh, these conversations illuminate punk’s oral history with candor and humor by focusing on the history of ideologies and values as understood by performers, instead of as represented by discographies or gig memories. The book also features rare photographs shot during the heyday of punk and hardcore, and a massive punk flyer collection that celebrates a visual history of the bands represented.

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Wildly uneven. It has some good interviews, but not enough of them. Read full review

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Esminger is not a good interviewer, nor is he a good story-teller. There is no link made between the personalities covered in his book. Not only does the book not have a singular theme about punk ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

David Ensminger is an instructor at Lee College and the author of Visual Vitriol. He lives Baytown, Texas.

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