From the Velvets to the Voidoids : A Pre-Punk History For the Post-Punk World
This is a history of British punk's elder cousin, the punk musical scene in America from the late 1960s through to the mid 1970s, but particularly from 1974 to 1976. Some of the crucial figures are Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Blondie, the Ramones, Television and Talking Heads. Sharing with British punk a disenchantment with the way rock was going, American punk was an important musical and sociological phenomenon.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 134 x 215 x 28mm | 488g
- 25 Feb 1993
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Preface: credit where it's due - the appropriation of punk history. Part 1 Precursors: happiness is a warm drone (1961-5) - the Theatre of Eternal Music, the Primitives, the Velvet Underground; all the needles are on red! (1965-70) - Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the Velvet Underground, Nico; energy freak-out freeform (1968-71) - MC5, the Stooges; This is the Modern World (1970-73) - the Modern Lovers; the underground jukeboxes (1972-4) - Cinderella Backstreet, Mirrors, the Electric Eels; suicide is painless (1970-73) - Suicide; trash! (1971-5) - the New York Dolls, Wayne County. Part 2 The first wave: from horizontal arsonists to neon boys (1967-73) - the Neon Boys; Jesus died for somebody's sins ... (1966-73) - Patti Smith; the Neon Boys turn on New York (1973-4) - Television; the cadillac pulls out of the graveyard (1974-5) - Patti Smith, Television; look out Cleveland! (1974-5) - Mirrors, the Electric Eels, Rocket from the Tombs; in the flesh (1973-5) - Blondie; gabba gabba hey! (1974-5) - the Ramones. Part 3 The second wave: down at the rock & roll club (1974-6) - CBGBs, Max's Kansas City, Club 82, Performance Studio, Mother's; this is radio Ethiopia (1976) - Patti Smith group; living on Chinese rocks (1975-6) - the Heartbreakers; the artistics come to town (1975-6) - the Artistics, Talking Heads; looking into the heart of darkness (1975-6) - Rocket from the Tombs, Pere Ubu; fuck art, let's rock! (1972-7) - the Dictators, Dead Boys, Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers; a punk-rocker parade (1975-6) - punk, rock scene, New York rocker, hit parader. Part 4 No wave - goodbye!: instant sires from private stock (1976) - Blondie, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Suicide; the last adventure (1977-8) - Television; the final wave (1977-9) - Patti Smith group; into the void (1977-9) - Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Suicide; doing the modern dance (1977-9) - Pere Ubu, Friction, Devo; touched by the presence (1977-80) - Blondie, Talking Heads, the Ramones; thrashing at the waves (1978-80) - DNA, the Feelies, the Consortiums, Lydia Lunch, the Plasmatics. Epilogue: the third wave. Appendices: 1 - a CBGBs chronology; 2 - bibliography; 3 - dramatis personae; 4 - discography.