Punk Avenue

Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982
Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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Punk Avenue is an intimate look at author Paris-born Phil Marcade's first ten years in the United States where he drifted from Boston to the West Coast and back, before winding up in New York City and becoming immersed in the early punk rock scene.

From backrooms of Max's and CBGB's to the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, Punk Avenue is a tour de force of stories from someone at the heart of the era. With brilliant, often hilarious prose, Marcade relays first-hand tales about spending a Provincetown summer with photographer Nan Goldin and actor-writer Cookie Mueller, having the Ramones play their very first gig at his party, working with Blondie's Debbie Harry on French lyrics for her songs, enjoying Thanksgiving with Johnny Thunders' mother, and starting the beloved NYC punk-blues band The Senders.

©2017 Phil Marcade (P)2018 Tantor

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This book is FANTASTIC!

Just got finished reading this fantastic book.
This memoir ends up being a historical account of a scene which was so important in the evolution of what was to become Punk rock. Philippe Marcade’s reminiscing over the bands he liked pre punk, is listening to someone recognizing a movement without knowing it. It was loud and raw and he loved it. He knew this is what he wanted to be a part of. He goes through life pretty optimistically, describing his friends and his relationships with them pretty positively even though they were completely strung out and in bad shape. The devils in the details as you get more from reading between the lines.
You’ll enjoy a sight seeing tour of burned out NYC (I live there, this is the truth), introductions to punk heroes and anti heroes and stories from shows with The Senders, on stage and back.
So interesting, entertaining and thought provoking.
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