THE SAVAGELY PROVOCATIVE POETRY OF SWEDISH PUNK LYRICS
In the late seventies the first punk wave swept over Sweden. For a few years thousands of bands launched inspired by groups such as the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and later Ebba Grön. Playing fast and sounding angry was definitely more important than being a good musician.
But what are the bands actually singing about? The lyrics were not always easy to hear among the noise of distorted guitars. Sometimes one heard only a few words. Maybe an "I hate" or "I refuse," spiced with expletives. The rest had to often be guessed unless they were printed on the sleeve. Live, it was almost impossible to hear the lyrics.
In Punklyrik, more than 160 song lyrics written between 1977 and 1982 are presented. Many of the bands now provides for the first time the background to why the lyrics were written, what reactions they received and how they look upon their poetic ambitions today. Many songs are reproduced in their full glory!
Here are angry attacks on greasers, disco freaks, police and politicians but also lyrics about alienation, school, unemployment and the fear of adulthood. The book gives an insight into how it was to be young during this time.
Tant Strul, Pink Champagne and Extrém Exém are just some of the girls who took advantage of the opportunities that punk suddenly gave them. Ebba Grön, KSMB and Attentat are some other of the almost one hundred Swedish bands participating in the book.
The selected lyrics might spread in many various directions, but in common for most of them is that the members were in their teens when the lyrics were written, and the songs in many ways also came to change the Swedish rock history.
Punklyrik is written by Peter Kagerland, known for his highly acclaimed book New Wave - Swedish punk / New Wave / Synth 1977-1982.
All record sleeves are depicted. 312 pages. Hardbound.
This first edition contains a unique CD:
"22 Punk Songs - One for each chapter".Book info