Though billed as a ""novel"" and offered as fiction, this mini-book--by a wisely pseudonymous ""well-known and established...

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PUNK NOVEL

Though billed as a ""novel"" and offered as fiction, this mini-book--by a wisely pseudonymous ""well-known and established author""--is actually a collection of 13 long lyrics in the (sometimes vaguely narrative) punk-rock manner. Among the titles: ""Hemorrhoid,"" ""We Ain't Terrorists,"" ""Muthah Hubbard."" A sample: ""So this em dee shoves up a IUD/ and ya don't have no baby,/ but yer whole hole is all/ twisted up and the metal coil/ tears ya up and twenty years/ from now ya get a nice, big/ healthy, bouncin' baby cancer."" Another: ""LET'S BE A BAND/ BE A BAND/ BE A BAND/ MAKE A STAND/ TAKE A STAND/ LAND A BAND/ SUCK A SONG/ FUCK A SONG/ WHAM BAM RAM/ WHAM BAM RAM."" As possible parody--a few chuckles for the punk-wise. As an artifact of the punk gestalt--self-conscious and inferior to the real thing. So, if you want a memento of punk, wait for the inevitable anthology (Elvis Costello, Blondie, Devo, et al.) of Best Punk-Rock Song Lyrics.

Pub Date: April 1, 1980

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980