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Crofton Books Punk Rock Special


On Saturday February 9, 3pm-5pm, there will be a punk literary event, titled simply Punk Rock Special, organised by Crofton Books, hosted by the Crofton Park Community Library, for which the event is a benefit


This will be part of that weekend’s annual London Book Crawl in support of independent bookshops, including Crofton Books 


The event is centred around the acclaimed book Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night (Zer0 Books) by local author Richard Cabut.


It will feature readings from the book by Richard Cabut and other contributors, as well as local poets and original punk rock luminaries. There will also be a Q and A session.


Participants: -


Richard Cabut (Editor/Author of Punk is Dead)


John ‘Boogie’ Tiberi (Sex Pistols’ tour manager/photographer, described by Sid Vicious in 1977 as ‘the fifth Sex Pistol’)


Tony D (Contributor to Punk is Dead and editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine).


Kirsty Allison (Local poet and editor of Peckham arts magazine Cold Lips)


Jason Shelley (Local poet, author of No Loooking Back and Grey Love and Crofton Books founder)





About the book Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night:-


Co-edited/authored by Richard Cabut, this original collection of insight, analysis and conversation charts the course of punk from its underground origins, when it was an un-formed and utterly alluring near-secret – back in the garage, when the cult still had no name – through its rapid development. Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night takes in sex, style, politics and philosophy, filtered through punk experience, while believing in the ruins (of memory), to explore in depth a past whose essence is always elusive.


Contributors include Jon Savage (England’s Dreaming), Jonh Ingham (journalist who wrote the very first interview with the Sex Pistols, for Sounds), Barney

Hoskyns (Rock’s Backpages founder), Paul Gorman (Malcolm McLaren biographer), Penny Rimbaud (Crass), Dorothy Max Prior (Rema Rema, original punk), Ted Polhemus (Streetstyle), Mark Fisher (Ghosts of my Life), Neal Brown (Tracey Emin), Tom Vague (Vague), Tony D (Ripped & Torn), Andy Blade (Eater, The Secret Life of a Punk Rocker), Simon Reynolds (Shock and Awe) and Judy Nylon (Snatch, multi-disciplinary artist).




‘Admirably captures punk’s fractured, anarchic early spirit.


Cabut and the other contributors use their critically productive nostalgia to prevent punk from being, as Judy Nylon puts it in her foreword, “reduced to a coffee-table book of white English boys spitting.”Zachary Hoskins, Spectrum Culture




The specific purpose of the book is to celebrate that original evanescent wellspring of creativity when punk emerged as a stylish boho response to the modern world of inertia and consumption Colin Coulter, The Irish Times




Richard Cabut has chosen the theme of punk as a transformative force, a becoming, not just in terms of the music and the culture around it, but in terms of the humans involved, fans included.Dickon Edwards, The Wire




This is definitely a book for those who’ve read and digested all the starter level punk literature and are seeking something a little more. They’ll find it here for sure - a generous hit of the hard stuff. Ben Willmott, The Extricated blog




A good companion to books like Jon Savage's England's Dreaming. Michael J, NetGalley




I thoroughly enjoyed Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night. Edited by Richard Cabut, this anthology of essays, interviews and personal recollections reflects on the ways in which punk was lived and experienced at the time,’ Deborah Levy, New Statesman




Editor Richard Cabut (formerly of positive punks Brigandage) corrals some of punk’s finest to document the “blank zone” in which a scene blossomed; early chroniclers such as Jon Savage and Jonh Ingham remind that it was a series of cultural seeds scattered, trigger points for what followed. MOJO magazine, Ben Myers




Full participant biographies:-




Richard Cabut




Richard Cabut is the editor/author of the anthology Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night (Zer0 Books), contributor to Ripped, Torn and Cut – Pop, Politics and Punks Fanzines From 1976 (Manchester University Press, 2018) and Growing Up With Punk (Nice Time, 2018). His journalism has featured in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, NME (pen name Richard North), ZigZag, The Big Issue,

Time Out, etc. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee 2016 for his fiction. Richard’s plays have been performed at various theatres in London and nationwide, including the Arts Theatre, Covent Garden, London. He published the fanzine Kick, and played bass for the punk band Brigandage (LP Pretty Funny Thing – Gung Ho Records, 1986).


John ‘Boogie’ Tiberi


Tour manager/photographer of the Sex Pistols and the 101ers/early Clash – ‘It was arguably John Tiberi who helped create the punk movement when he put the 101ers as headline in a gig with the Sex Pistols as the support act.’ Now a filmmaker and photographer, John’s recent exhibitions include Punk Dada Situation at the Lucca Film Festival, and Post Punk Situation, Villa Faravelli, Emperia, Italy.


Tony D


Tony D founded two influential and inspirational fanzines, Ripped & Torn in 1976 and Kill Your Pet Puppy in 1980. In his piece for Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night, Tony has annotated his important 1980 piece ‘Pet Puppies in Theory and Practice’, giving an insight into the squatting punk scene of the time.


Kirsty Allison


Kirsty Allison's highly anticipated debut novel, Psychomachia, will be published by Wrecking Ball Press in October 2019. Her film art has shown been in galleries including the Tate. She is editor-in-chief of Cold Lips magazine. She’s soon to release her debut music project, with Gil De Ray: Children of the Burning Sun.


Jason Shelley


Jason Shelley, author of iconic work of fiction and poetry Grey Love and darkly humoured An Episode in the Life of a young Writer. He has recently read and toured with art gallery Berlin Blue in Berlin, Tuscany and London. Shelley, whose writing has been described as ‘profound and direct’ and bordering the absurd is working on an as yet untitled first novel. He has recently established Crofton Books, host of the Punk Rock Special, in London SE4.




Product Details

  • Price: £17.99