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1981: The cities of England are aflame with widespread rioting. One in ten of the population is unemployed. The Specials' Ghost Town is at number one in the charts. Too much fighting on the dance floor. But don't worry, there's a royal wedding to keep you all distracted, Charles and Diana exchanging worthless vows before a multitude of flag-waving tourists.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old punk rocker, young, dumb, and full of...curiosity, decides to flee the boredom of small village life and a mindless factory job to follow his favourite bands – Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke, and the Damned – dodging police, skinheads, Perry Boys, football hooligans, and er, the Bath Warriors as he hitchhikes from town to town. Packed with history and hilarity, Punk Snot Dead is a coming-of-age story like no other, and a nostalgic glance at an England that is no more.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A Real Gem : Being A Punk In The 80'sReviewed by Pineapple in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2020
This book resonates strongly with me and is up there with some of the best Punk books currently around such as Barry Hutchinson's The Damned - The Chaos Years, Andy Blade's Outside View and Shane Baldwin's Last Rockers. I'm a little younger than Morat and didn't have the guts to travel the way he did but Manchester in the early 80's was just as he described. Boneheads and Perry Boys everywhere (inside and outside gigs) threatening real physical harm just for their fun. The Damned at The Metro in Ashton was such a gig where leaving slightly early was one of the best moves I think I made in avoiding a hospital trip. Once you were with a group of Punks you were looked after and Morat's book shows this on a regular basis. Morat writes in a friendly, easy to ride and engaging way. My only criticism is that his book is too short and hope he writes of his tales from 1982 onwards.
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