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PAGES: 192 
DIMENSIONS: 6 x 9 Inches 
FORMAT: Softcover
AUTHOR(S): Nancy Barile

“The old punk rock world was full of wanna-be contenders and straight up pretenders, and then there were those that you knew would rise above. Nancy was one of the latter—she was there and solid and supportive, and over the years I’ve watched her take the grit of that old world and use it as a hammer to fashion this present place into a more livable space. I’m proud to say I know her.” —Jack Grisham, T.S.O.L.

“A front row, music maniac, natural-born rebel’s memoir that highlights her participation and help in the very orchestration of the East Coast punk scene… an invaluable piece of punk rock history.” —Razorcake


“In this book, Nancy paints a gritty portrait of an underground music scene, captures a highly underrated but extremely vital part of rock ‘n’ roll, and accurately documents a very important time in my life.” —Dicky Barrett, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

From disenchanted Catholic schoolgirl and glam maniac to instigator on the 1980s hardcore punk scene, Nancy Barile discovered freedom at a time when punk music was new and dangerous. She made her place behind the boards and right in the front row as insurgents such as SSD, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag wrote new rules and made history. She survived punk riots and urban decay, ran the streets with outcasts, and ultimately found true love as she fought for fairness and found her purpose.

Table of Contents:

A conversation with Ian MacKaye
1. Old School
2. Intro to Jukebox
3. Surviving High School
4. Working Hard in Harrisburg
5. Philly Love
6. Savage Pink
7. Punking It Up in the Big City
8. Black Flag, S.O.A., & the Kensington Brawl
9. Punk Fest and the Anti-Pasti Drama
10. Bad Brains, Black Flag, and the Big Takeover
11. Bombed at a Dead Kennedys Show
12. I Meet My Match
13. Welcome to Boston: The KKK and My Baby Far Away
14. A Philly Punk Moves to Boston
15. I’m Not Holding Your Coat
16. The Ghetto Riders & a Hit-and-Run: a Night at Buff Hall

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