From the Velvets to the Voidoids A Pre Punk History for a Post Punk World In a thorough chronicle of the American underground punk and New Wave rock scene noted music critic Heylin explores the origins and evolution of this fiery music phase of the s and s from the Vel

  • Title: From the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History for a Post-Punk World
  • Author: Clinton Heylin
  • ISBN: 9780140179705
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a thorough chronicle of the American underground punk and New Wave rock scene, noted music critic Heylin explores the origins and evolution of this fiery music phase of the 60s and 70s from the Velvet Underground to the Ramones to the Talking Heads.

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    1. Clinton Heylin s From the Velvets to the Voidoids The Birth of American Punk Rock was a captivating read that, not unlike Patti Smith s autobiographies or Greil Marcus s study of the world of Bob Dylan s Basement Tape sessions with The Band, transported me as I read it to another historical time and place, one with which I was vaguely familiar but much less so than I had at first thought The book dealt with four periods in the development of American punk music a label many of those associated w [...]

    2. I read this years ago, but decided to write a review because it would look nice among my other books on my virtual shelf This book, along with Please Kill Me and We Got the Neutron Bomb, completes the list of essential histories of 70s American punk Unlike the other two oral histories, only about half of the text of From the Velvets is direct quotes, the other half being the author s own history telling The result is that there is of an argument to this book Heylin makes the case for the U.S be [...]

    3. This is an exceedingly decent account of one of the most exciting times in music history This is when music was being disassembled and the raw energies were being extracted and amplified Mr Heylin does a commendable job of weaving authoratative, objective accounts of American punk rock s development with oral histories from some of the scene s all stars Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, Patti Smith etc etc I feel that the only downfall is that the narration sometimes works to sterelize the nit and gri [...]

    4. New York Rocker was a cute newspaper but this is better Cuts through all the nicety nice about the groovy CBGB s scene and lets you know what Blondie and Television and Richard Hell and Pere Ubu and Suicide were really going through And Kiss and Lydia Lunch are in here, too No stone unturned

    5. i got into this book a lot it covers a lot of the same ground as please kill me which i also love but also goes into the cleveland scene which is really cool to read about its less gossipy and kind of music nerdy than please kill me there s about what was going through people s heads about their music, why they recorded a certain way, music biz choices struggles, what they were listening to, that kind of stuff i thought it was pretty inspiring and thought provoking good pictures that i hadn t [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this but I can t give four stars to a book of mostly interviews, it feels like cheating The most important thing I learned from this book is that Chinese Rocks was co written by Richard Hell and Dee Dee Ramone Johnny Thunders had nothing to do with it, neither did Peter Laughner or any of those other Cleveland guys cue The More You Know star graphic

    7. Good review of the CBGB and Max scenes in 70 s New York Must read if you like Richard Hell, Television, Pere Ubu and the likes

    8. Halle fuckin lujah I finished this damn thing Why would it take me nearly three months to complete a single book Glad you asked I was getting the itch to read a music history book something I did regularly as a teen in the 90s, but an activity that fell largely by the wayside when the internet really became A Thing and also aided by the fact I spent my late teens to 20s working in rekkid stos and got a lot of it just from hangin out with friends But I wanted to do it right I wanted to experience [...]

    9. A breakneck history of some of my favourite American bands such as The Velvet Underground, MC5, The Stooges, Blondie, Television and The Patti Smith Group With just a few detours through Detroit, Cleveland and the odd jaunt over to California, this is essentially a New York story, born in various basement and loft dives in the Bowery and eventually focused around the legendary but inappropriately named Country Bluegrass and Blues Club, or CBGBs.Heylin distinguishes American punk as older than an [...]

    10. For those who want an accurate timeline of the history of punk in the who came first, the British or Americans vein, this is a book for you Even though it has been years since I read Please Kill Me, I seem to recall that book being of a page turner in terms of sensational anecdotes and eyewitness accounts.That s not to say this book is boring, just a bit on the dry side considering we are talking about bands like the MC5, The Stooges and the seeming progenitors of all modern music, the Velvet U [...]

    11. Never Mind the Maggots, Here s Patti Smith and Television That s what I would have called it I actually read this version of the book And for some reason decided to eat my review So here we are again A relatively even and unbiased account of the proto punks of New York, Cleveland and Detroit that gave rise to American punk and New Wave which, despite what some people think, had roots and influences distinct from that which arose across the pond At times it is a little dry and might have been ser [...]

    12. I haven t read the discography, but i ll prolly go through it eventually.The 1992 edition of this book is really well written, with a balanced and mostly objective perspective of the bands and the scene The Postlude added in 2004 , though, almost put me off the whole thing Heylin s voice morphed into that of a snooty, snotty, jerky know it all with a chip on his shoulder It s crazy to think a person won t change in 12 years, but here s clear evidence that they do, even in their writing.I was nev [...]

    13. A thorough history of Eastern US punk from the Stooges to the Voidoids, this book has many details that were news to me Well written and as authoritative as any book of this kind can be, it only lacks the sort of rock n roll excess stories that would have given it a fifth star The artists that get the most coverage, Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Television and Rocket from the Tombs all benefit from the author s obvious admiration The postlude of the edition I read, written some 12 years after [...]

    14. I ll just basically sit around and read histories of punk rock all day I didn t find this book quite as engaging as Please Kill Me The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, although Heylin hints in the postscript that this is because Please Kill Me is a salutary tale of drugs and sex and rock roll, in that order, so there s that but I have to give Heylin credit here for putting the music and artistry ahead of the salacious details, and letting those relevant elements of the music scene drive the na [...]

    15. Really this is essential reading for anyone who wants to go beyond the impoverished ramones clash sex pistols nirvana and if we re going to be uber snarky and we are let s just call this my little chamber of snark arcade fire narrative of punk that s floating around out there Someone should reissue this with accompanying cd s People we re doing some very strange and interesting things in middle america circa the mid 70 s even if Peter Laughner does sound disappointingly like Bob Dylan Rocket fro [...]

    16. It s what it says, it s awesome This created my dream of time traveling back to musical scenes that were so awesome, with such impact that I who was born thousands of miles away at about the moment this was going on can still can feel the effects of this musical movement Reminds you how you could have on a single weekend seen Television, the Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, and maybe Richard Hell and the Voidoids, all in a single weekend, all at one 2 legendary venues Pretty swe [...]

    17. This book was pretty great The author presents a lot of biographical information from a lot of research and interviews It compare favorably, I think, to the Legs McNeil book You can relate to the subjects a little in this book because they are presented as humans with flaws.My only advice is skip the afterword The author included a bunch of update commentary to unnecessarily attack his critics and competing authors Why bother Not a classy move, it diminishes the book.

    18. Exceptionally good overview of the East Coast punk scene and how it came to be Readable, insightful and opinionated The 2004 add on postscript comes off as a tad bitter and pissy, but even that s not far off the course Very useable appendixes too If you have any interest in the scene, the personalities and especially the music, this is the book to get.

    19. This isn t the great book on this subject that should exist, like England s Dreamin does for British punk and Our Band Could Be Your Life doesn t for 1980s American indie music, but is readable, well researched, and covers a lot of ground It s useful for any person who loves this kind of music, while the other two are worth it for anybody that likes really good books.

    20. This book is literally everything you have ever wanted to know about NYC punk and it adequately describes just how influential Television and Richard Hell were in creating the scene, a fact often overlooked by those who detail the Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith This oral history is perfect and beautiful and I want to cry salty tears of perfection on to it every day for the rest of my life.

    21. I already knew about the biggies the Velvets, the Stooges, Patti Smith when I checked this book out of the library God knows how many years ago, but this was probably the first place I ever even read the names the Voidoids, Suicide and Pere Ubu That makes this book rather seminal for me.

    22. Three and a half stars The narrative gets a bit wobbly at times, but the vivid oral history about the NYC scene and especially the unheralded but fascinating Cleveland scene than compensates Great source of info for anyone wanting a wide angle lens on the development punk in the U.S.

    23. Unlike many writers who worship at the altar of punk rock, author Heylin is not afraid to factor age, time, and talent into his assessment of the music Though focusing on New York, he also includes information on the often overlooked music scene in Ohio.

    24. Good history of an interesting musical era I like that he included the Cleveland bands along with the NYC CBGB s and Max s crowd Gave me a better understanding of Richard Hell s contributions to the scene than any other history I ve read Well done.

    25. Just started reading this It seems very well researched so far The prose could have used a little editing, but I m enjoying reading it.Update 1 1 08 I m putting this book on hold for now Not in the mood for music history.

    26. Was a good book Mostly about the NY punk scene and CBGBs.I was surprised that so much was written about Cleveland.Other cities had big music scenes The next book should be about Boston huge scene that I know well, with the Rat, along with Los Angeles, Francisco and maybe Athens GA.

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