One Chord Wonders: Power and Meaning in Punk Rock (Popular Music in Britain)

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Dave Laing is an associate editor of the journal Popular Music History and an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool who has been researching and writing about popular music, its business, and its politics for more than 40 years. His books include Buddy Holly and The Sound of Our Time. He is a coeditor of The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music and has contributed to several collections, including Cambridge Companion to the Beatles; Global Pop, Local Language; and The Popular Music Studies Reader. TV Smith was the founder, singer, and songwriter of the Adverts, who formed in late 1976 and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. He continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences.

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“A clear, unprejudiced account of a difficult subject.”  —Jon Savage, author, England’s Dreaming

"What united punk . . . was the tension between realistic lyrics decrying conformity and repression and the sonic jolt that undermines musical predictability . . . . In chapters titled 'Formation,' 'Naming,' 'Looking,' 'Listening' and 'Framing,' Laing dissects the strategies claimed by punk." —John L. Murphy, spectrumculture.com

"This is a reasoned and well researched history of those times, it explains where the (punk) movement came from and how it fitted into the social patterns of the times." —Adrian Bloxham, louderthanwar.com

"If not a defining text on 70s Punk, then certainly one of the most unbiased and articulate of its kind." —Steve Scanner, scannerzine.com

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