Thursday, May 28, 2009

BOOK - The Story of Oi!: Oi! A View From The Dead End Of The Street (1981)

Punk came out in the 70's and it was a big change for Rock music and the working class youth. It said a lot of things that pissed out the rest of society and scared many people, but no music and movement was more real than Oi!. Started in the late 70's and it was real punk, the lyrics ment things and they were acomplished, compare to punk... it was too much talking less activity. Bands like Menace, Sham 69, Cock Sparrer and others influenced to what it became the proudest music of the English working class youth, it was Oi!. Later in the 80's the movement split up, either you had to be a lefty or a right wing. Well, I don't want to spoil it and ruin the book for you. Garry Johnson wrote this fantastic book explaining the rise of Oi! in the 80's and all the controversial events that happen. It also contains great pictures and some lyrics from some of the bands. Later in 2008 Johnson re-released a copy of the book again but this time with some more information, pictures, and even 'Boys Of The Empire' poem book. I actually found this book over the internet acidently. One of the greatest thing about the book is that for the first time an author does not compare, talk about, or even mention about fascim in the skinhead scene. Well, is about time too. I hope you love this piece of art!

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