The Story Of "Crass"

The Story Of Crass Crass was the anarcho punk face of a revolutionary movement founded by radical left wingers Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant Offering an account of the subversive band that took punk to the limit thi

  • Title: The Story Of "Crass"
  • Author: George Berger
  • ISBN: 9781847724649
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crass was the anarcho punk face of a revolutionary movement founded by radical left wingers Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant Offering an account of the subversive band that took punk to the limit, this title tells their stories of putting out their records, films and magazines and setting up a series of hoaxes that were covered by the press.

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    1. George Berger is a freelance writer, with Punk Rock DNA He has written for Sounds, Melody Maker and Amnesty International among others He has published two books Dance Before the Storm the Official Story of The Levellers Virgin Books 1999 and The Story of Crass George is the founder of Flowers in the Dustbin He lives where the mood takes him and funds allow.

    2. I didn't love this book so much as I loved reading this book. As a lifelong fan of Crass it was an amazing window into the circumstances and approaches of the individual members of the band that reinforced my love of Crass and gave a clear window into their historical context. Having said that, I think this book will do nothing for people unfamiliar with the impact that this band has had on punk and anarchist subculture. If I had not grown up surrounded by crass t-shirts, patches, tattoos and ge [...]

    3. When I first started reading this book, I was very excited. It begins with thorough details of the individual members of the band and the early art happenings, etc. Unfortunately this level of detail soon fizzled out and the book unraveled into a mess of meanderings and Rolling Stone style rock journalism. The author reads like someone completely new to the band and has trouble describing their music at all, using dismissive generalizations such as "unlistenable" (when talking about a live recor [...]

    4. An exhaustive exhumation of every bit of history, every idea, and every opinion the band ever uttered. You really get an immersive experience, from the late '60s, when Penny and Gee acquired Dial House, through the turblulent early '70s, into the punk era, and beyond. With only a few exceptions, just about everyone involved with the Crass endeavor is mightily forthcoming with their thoughts and opinions. It's a dense read, and you will really step away from it with an increased understanding of [...]

    5. EXCELLENT history of Crass. A must for anyone interested in the era they were playing and UK punk in general. I loved this book.

    6. A baptism into the world of enigmatic second-wave anarcho-punk band, Crass. Community living, vegetarian friendly, passionately nonviolent, radically feminist, viscerally antichristian, stalwart with integrity, unflinchingly honest, hospitable with conviction, and more than two decades older than most of the other charting punk bands of their day, Crass is certainly one of the most fascinating punk bands of all time. This book unloads the whole experience of Crass, from the histories of their va [...]

    7. was never really into crass, but really enjoyed reading their story. from the beginnings as art students/hippies to straight up punks, the entire story and evolution is engaging and accessible. the political history of england running in the background and how it directly affected the band and their output made it a hard to put down book as i'm inclined to fall along a similar political spectrum. how could you listen or be intrigued by the band otherwise? what saddens me most about crass is the [...]

    8. Outside of their music and the heartfelt worldview that it put forward, the now-classic British punk band Crass were pretty much an enigma even to diehard punks. None of the nine members could have been easily recognized if one had bumped into them on the street, they rarely toured abroad (their only American gigs happened long before their first album was conceived), they dressed all in black, performed without elaborate stage lighting to illuminate them (making shooting live performances prett [...]

    9. i dunno i had 'obsessed' over this book fer like coupla monthsd then having read itwas left 'unfulfilled'prob th' best part(s) are aboute Pre-CRaSS 'AVaNT-iMPRoV' GRouP 'EXiT'OTheRWiSe, much of th' book seemedrather a rush job culled fum brit music weeklies & fanzineswith sum after th' fact more recently dun intvws /w/ the authort bad, but cert nothing revelatoryi guess that was th' point"maintain the CRaSS 'mystique' " far as th' band members were / are concernedrta like 'omerta' & the [...]

    10. This book could certainly have used a more detailed editing; I found multiple elementary spelling and grammar errors that shouldn't have been there (one of my ultimate pet peeves with any text I read, so I feel the need to mention it), and lots of murky and repetitive content once you get toward the middle of the book. That being said, I've been a Crass fan since my early teens, and the fact that, until I picked up this book, the only substantial material I've read about Crass has been written b [...]

    11. The author does a stirling job of unravelling the story of punk & indeed British rock's most enigmatic band, the black-clad anarcho-hippies Crass. It's fascinating to finally hear the goings on straight from the horses mouth, the only downside being that the enigma that always shrouded the band and made them so utterly fascinating is stripped away with every page until the bubble finally bursts. Nevertheless, this is a essential purchase for anyone who was remotely interested in the intense, [...]

    12. Definitive and hard to put down. From the major events (the Falklands War and the 1984 Miners Strike) to the small details (Paul Weller's comment that he admired Crass, everyday life at Dial House), this tells me so much that I've always wanted to know or wish I knew. This book, though flawed like its subject, affirmed my profound admiration for this group of people, for awhile known as the band Crass, who did so much to show what could be done. Consummate artists, true activists, unwavering sta [...]

    13. I was so happy to find an informative book about Crass, but there are many things about this book that drove me crazy. For instance, the grammar and writing are mostly awful throughout. A good editor would have made a world of difference. Also, Berger clearly doesn't particularly like Crass's music. He grudgingly grants that a few of the records are kind of good, but he totally dismisses others. Why did he write this book? I wasn't look for a puff piece, but why spend time writing a 300-page boo [...]

    14. Bizarrely written, ATROCIOUSLY edited (in desperate need of a copy editor, with errors almost every page, and also of a line editor), this is nonetheless a pretty fascinating book about a fairly fascinating band. Its criticisms are, for the most part, welcome, and it covers a lot of the reasons why people hated the band as well as why they were beloved by some. Learning about the people involved and their motivations was worth suffering through the writing: they're much more fully-formed and con [...]

    15. a very good book for any crass fan, having read many reviews and opinions prior to readin this book i expected to hear more about the exploits of their contemporaries and other crass bands, of which much was left out. anyway, if you have already read any other books in the crass library specifically shibboleth by penny rimbaud, that fucker kind of shoots this book in the foot, it gets quoted a bit much. regardless, sweet book.

    16. From an informational standpoint this was pretty amazing, but the level of writing and some of the author's editorializing was just awful. Does anyone reading this book need his track-by-track opinion of "Feeding of the 5000"? Probably not. Same goes of an endless (and it really did feel endless) analysis of the difference between hippies and punks. Still, there was a lot in here I didn't know about the band, I just wish a bit better writer would tackle this.

    17. I thought it was worth reading, but the author's writing bothered me/seemed lazy at times. For instance, quoting long (1+ full pages) excerpts from "The Last of the Hippies" at several parts of the book; throwing in quotes by band members and others without always putting them in any context, etc. In this regard, it seemed more like a collage/zine of artifacts than a well-put together biography or history of Crass. I still enjoyed reading it and learning some new stories.

    18. Crass might be the only band in history that actually lived by the ideas they preached and never "sold themselves out". I'd be fine with them making some t-shirts or something so they could actually live off of that legacy, but then a bunch of stupid people would believe that somehow detracted from their message.

    19. A pretty quick read and a great overview on Crass and its indivdual members. Although I'd rather the book was set up like "We've Got the Neutron Bomb" or "No Beauty Without Danger" where it was more the members giving their accounts without George Berger's interjections, it was still an insightful look at the most misunderstood/active/honest punk band in the history of music.

    20. A little poorly written, but an immersive read on a band whose music I've never fully appreciated, but have found their ethos quite fascinating. George Berger doesn't seem to really like Crass at all though. The best bits are quotes from those involved with the band, and not the bits Berger wrote, who spends most of the book sort of slagging Crass off. Weird.

    21. Interesting book that provided some context for a band that has had a huge impact on me, yet it was obvious that the author hated their music and couldn't understand why they were so revered, even before he admitted it in the epilogue. That and the overly long sections quoted from Rimbaud's Last of the Hippies make this a 3 star read.

    22. Really well written, (although at times a bit harsh on the criticism) history of one of the most important punk bands/radical political groups. Crass has been left out of almost all histories of punk and cultural studies of leftist, radical movements. Hopefully this book is just the beginning of remedying this egregious oversight.

    23. Flawed but engaging. Does a good job of highlighting the tension between the desire to be a political force and an entertaining punk band - internally from the band and externally from friends and foes. Explains why some of the later releases are a little "whacky"

    24. The members of the band are not who I thought they would be. One more preconception destroyed for the better. I enjoyed the book but the odd typo would throw me off. A very good introduction to Crass.

    25. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about Crass. Berger was part of the scene & got all but one surviving band member to cooperate with his project, yet he admits that he preferred Crass Records' act Poison Girls, & is free with informed criticism & bs-detecting.

    26. This is a really good book about the anarchist punk band crass, with some good detail and interviews from the band members themselves, and some good pictures. If you like this you should read Shibboleth, My Revolting Life by Penny Rimbaud, the drummer from Crass.

    27. I finished this very good book today. I was at the doctor's office. When I got home I found out that r.e.m. broke up. The end.

    28. It's not exactly the best writing in the world, but it's about one of the best bands in the world, so it's pretty worthwhile.

    29. A wonderful book rooted in facts and spoiled with opinions. A lovely read with which to disagree.

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