David Ensminger "Left Of The Dial" Book


Featuring interviews with leading figures of the punk underground, including Ian MacKaye, from Minor Threat and Fugazi; Jello Biafra, from Dead Kennedys; and Dave Dictor, from MDC, this book probes the legacy of punk's sometimes fuzzy political ideology, its homegrown traditions, and its rupturing of social norms. Passionate, far-reaching, and fresh, these conversations illuminate punk’s oral history with candor and humor by focusing on the history of ideologies and values as understood by performers, instead of as represented by discographies or gig memories. The book also features rare photographs shot during the heyday of punk and hardcore, and a massive punk flyer collection that celebrates a visual history of the bands represented.

“David Ensminger is the right mix of intellectual and real ass emotional punk. He is a historian and has walked the life . . . I recommend everything this man is up to! ” - Dave Dictor, lead singer, MDC

“ Mix a great writer with this collection of inspired intellects and you have to watch out for all of the static electricity. ” - Bob Weber, drummer, Really Red

“ [David Ensminger] gets the inside picture and knows where it belongs. ” - Peter Case, guitarist, the Plimsouls

“ The stories and observations collated here benefit from the author's street-scholar sense, as he makes critical connections between what bound the subculture together. ” - Denise Sullivan, author, Keep On Pushin'

David Ensminger is an instructor at Lee College and the author of Visual Vitriol. He lives Baytown, Texas.

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