Archives for Akashic Books

Bookshelf: INTO THE VALLEY & WE ARE THE CLASH Explore Less-Examined Punk Stories

Crowdfunding can bring us some amazing things. I certainly never anticipated that I’d be reading the autobiography of Richard Jobson, frontman for Scottish punk band The Skids, but here I am with a copy of Into the Valley — and in hardcover, no less, thanks to Wymer Publishing and a successful Pledgemusic campaign. For those who are familiar with the minutiae of late ‘70s and early ‘80s UK punk rock, The Skids are a fairly familiar band. Their first LP, Scared to Dance, brought the hit from which Jobson’s book draws its name, along with the title track and “The
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‘Salad Days’ director Scott Crawford on the forthcoming companion book, ‘Spoke’

Scott Crawford’s 2014 film, Salad Days, is an in-depth look at a decade of the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene, covering many of the bands and stories which made history. Be it luminaries like Ian Mackaye and Henry Rollins, or simply scenesters, zinesters, and hangers-on, the documentary covers the D.C. scene’s historical heyday. However, there were so many more stories Crawford wanted to tell, which is the reason for his upcoming book from Akashic, Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC Punk Scene. The book features images and stories from many of the people in Salad Days, but divided
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