Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk
By Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Pegged as “the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements,” Please Kill Me takes you back to the glory days of punk, when CBGB was still a music venue and not a clothing store and Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Lou Reed were all looking a bit younger.
POST: A Look At The Influence Of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007
By Eric Grubbs
This book’s cover tells you everything you need to know: “As told through the stories of Dischord Records, Jawbox, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Braid, the Promise Ring, Hot Water Music, the Get Up Kids, At The Drive-In and Jimmy Eat World.” Honestly, if that doesn’t convince you to give this a read, then nothing will.
Punk: An Aesthetic
Edited by Jon Savage and Johan Kugelberg
The connection between punk, art and culture is nothing new, but if you’re wondering how closely they’re connected, pick up Punk: An Aesthetic. Consider this your visual encyclopedia of all things punk. Plus it will look much cooler on your coffee table than your copy of America.
The Road Most Traveled
By Chuck Ragan
For the latest addition to this list, Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan reached out to some of his friends and had each of them write an essay about their own experiences on the road. Featuring stories from Greg Attonito (Bouncing Souls), Frank Turner, Brian Fallon (the Gaslight Anthem), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) and 59 others—and coming in at a slim 146 pages—The Road Most Traveled is the perfect read for a weekend getaway.
Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide To Your Favorite Music Scenes—From Punk To Indie And Everything In Between
By Leslie Simon
AP’s former managing editor Leslie Simon picked up the pen again two years later for Wish You Were Here. Simon sets her sight on the entire country (read: not just New York City and Los Angeles), educating readers on important music cities (Omaha, Long Island, Washington, D.C.) and the artists (Bright Eyes, Taking Back Sunday, Fugazi) who came out of them.