punk rock book club
Welcome to punk rock book club! The first thing you should know about punk rock book club is that it is in no way an actual book club, because I am far too lazy (and busy) to organize something like that and keep it going. Mostly, I’m just reading a lot of books about punk rock and then writing long reviews of them.
If you have read any of the books I’ve reviewed, I would really enjoy talking about them with you! Feel free to leave me a comment, send me an email (zerbie at gmail), or stop by my desk if you happen to be a coworker. I’d say I probably have two half-hour meetings per week about punk rock, which is pretty good for a company of online marketers.
As for what I am reading, the right-hand sidebar pulls in my “currently reading” shelf from goodreads; I’m pretty good about keeping my goodreads up-to-date. (If you’re on goodreads, feel free to add me.) That said, it often take a few days/weeks/months after I have finished something for me to get a review up.
I also have a punk rock shelf on goodreads, which comprises the books I have already read, the ones I want to read, and the ones I gave up on. If there’s something you think I should add to that list, please do let me know. I’m always looking for good books to read. You should also let me know if one of them is particularly awesome or particularly shitty, and I may re-arrange my queue accordingly.
If you happen to have written a book about punk rock and want me to review it, let me know! Send a review copy if that’s your thing, or let me know where I should buy it from that will ensure you’ll see most of the proceeds. I’d prefer to buy it from you, frankly, for many reasons, but I won’t fight you too hard if you want to send me a free book.
On top of all of those amazing services already provided by punk rock book club (i.e., none whatsoever), when it makes sense, I compile and upload soundtracks to go along with the books I’ve reviewed. I’ve only done a handful — they’re really hard to do — and don’t quite have hard and fast rules, but so far I have tried to upload songs that are important to the book in some way. If it’s a book about the early NYC scene, for example, almost all the songs are going to be from that time and place, with quotes from the book for context. If it’s a biography, I might include some songs they found particularly meaningful or influential. When you’re reading a book about music, I think it’s important to actually listen to some of the music in question, and so I’m doing a little to make that possible. The MP3s I upload are for sampling, though, so if you like what you hear, do your best to track it down and support the artists. If you’re the copyright holder on something and want me to take it down, just let me know.
Contact info is on the about me page.