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Punk's Not Dead

15 July 2008 9:01 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

There have been so many exegeses of punk rock—including the recent documentary American Hardcore—that there wouldn't seem to be much need for Susan Dynner's "people's history" Punk's Not Dead. But Dynner brings a broader perspective. Rather than breaking punk down into its UK, NY, DC, and La golden ages and leaving other scenes and eras out to dry, Dynner treats punk as an ever-evolving, eternally relevant movement that keeps producing great bands and vital scenes. Few would put modern million-selling pop-punkers on the same plane as U.K. Subs or Minor Threat, but Punk's Not Dead rightly notes that for some kids out there now, The Offspring are old-school and The Used changed their lives. Punk's Not Dead starts with the first punk explosion in the late '70s—complete with scenes from tongue-clucking episodes of CHiPs, Donahue, and Quincy—then jumps ahead to Rancid and Green Day, »

- Noel Murray

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