“I’ve arrived late to Nicholas Rombes’s A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982, a smart, sweeping, ambitious piecing-together of punk culture and history in the form of alphabetical entries. . . . Rombes has written a lively, powerful, important book. A Cultural Dictionary of Punk belongs on the shelf with Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming, Greil Marcus’s In the Fascist Bathroom, and Clinton Heylin’s From the Velvets to the Voidoids, other books that smartly excavate the chaos of late 1970s/early 1980s punk, and its precedents and aftermath.”
Thank you to author Joe Bonomo for the lovely review of CDoP, a review that captures the spirit of what I was hoping to achieve in the book.