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Summary

England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and the moment they defined for music fans in England and the United States. Savage brings to life the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid implosion of the Pistols through layers of rich detail and exclusive interviews. This fully revised and updated edition of the book covers the legacy of punk 25 years later and provides an account of the Pistols' 1996 reunion as well as a completely new introduction. 

©1991 Jon Savage (P)2021 Tantor

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insightful

from someone who was in their early teens when the punk revolt started and who benefited from a I want to do it my way attitude ( as a girl) . I enjoyed this audio as it helps to put and fathom a lot of the cultural and political out pouring amongst us, the young at the time. it also answers why America was seen as the birth place of punk for which I couldn't fathom - but, I guess, it was in the attitude and still remains..... this is a surprisingly good book and listen.

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Great history of start of UK punk

really enjoyed this in depth history of the environmental factors around the start of punk, the influence of McCartney and Westwood and the struggles between the band, the press and record companies. fascinating

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All the filth and fury

Great read for people interested in the Pistols and British punk in general, in depth and informative, highly recommended.

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Punk

As full a history of a change in time of music and more importantly, culture, as you’re likely to read. Brilliantly narrated. A book you wish would never end. Fantastic

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Waited for this book for so long…

This has been on my wishlist of books that get an audio production for years. The story of the Pistols and the UK punk scene is vividly and vibrantly told in Savage’s prose. Unfortunately, the narration doesn’t match that vibrancy and overall this fascinating tale is slightly flattened. A missed opportunity.

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If you want to know anything about punk, read this first

England’s Dreaming is a rarity in music journalism; it’s a book that focuses on the facts and the music, not on the personal life of the author. You won’t find a more compelling, informed history of the Sex Pistols, or a clearer history of the birth of punk.

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Excellent Anthology of British Punk

Excellent chronical. The book dives deeply into how a store owner and a few misfits turned the country, and eventually the world, on its head. It is such a preposterous story in so many ways, but Jon Savage makes sense of it and explains how it happened. He also does an excellent job of impressing upon the reader why it matters and what the long run impact of this tiny slice of time would go on to be. The narrator, Chris McDonnell takes some getting used to, but once you get accustomed to his style, it is easy to follow and he does a very good job presenting this dense and rich material.

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