Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book of the Month - England's Dreaming

Jon Savage is to British rock writing as Lester Bangs is to American rock writings, Savage has documented Britain's indie, underground, and punk scenes since their conception. His latest work finds him part of the literary compilation, Punk: From Chaos to Couture is based on the latest exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City of the same name. In 1991, Savage's writing became world renowned as he wrote the definitive history of British punk in his book, England's Dreaming. The book, which features exclusive interviews, rare photos, tells the story of one of England's most turbulent times that eventually gave birth to The Sex Pistols and punk music. The book tells how Malcolm McLaren and his partner, Vivienne Westwood's fashion shops would spawn the Pistols and how their trips to New York to see the counter culture in the Big Apple would inspire what they would do in their English shops where they would eventually help The Sex Pistols get together. England's Dreaming dives into the politics of Britain and how it helped shape punk to come with the rise of The Clash, The Damned, and what would happen post-punk when The Pretenders and Siouxise and the Banshees formed. What Please Kill Me is to American punk and underground, England's Dreaming is to the division of the Union Jack.