In this controversial book, Stewart Home uses genre theory to prove that the Sex Pistols weren’t a punk band. Unimpressed by pop-Situationist hacks and dizzy academics, he believes it is the triviality of punk rock which makes it a viable opponant of serious culture.
Home focusses his attention on the less well documented aspects of punk rock. As well as discussing sixties garage rock and the British, American and Finnish punk scenes of the late seventies, Home devotes whole chapters to deconstructing Riot Grrl!, Oi! and the sorry saga of Nazi bonehead band Skrewdriver.