Grades are in, proposal is written, and tomorrow I leave for Argentina for 3 weeks (yeah!!!). I have plenty of things to do this summer, work-wise. I have to write an general essay on Latin American crime fiction, keep my bigger research project going, and read this in order to be able to use the right "phrases" while writing my tenure application essay in a few months. But of course, I take relaxing and enjoying time off very seriously. So I already know what my leisure reading will be about: punk rock.
Those of you who have read me long enough know that I am a huge punk rock fan. I went to my first punk show when I was 17 (and got a black eye when somebody landed his boot in my eye while stage diving). I paid to see the Sex Pistols in 1997 during their reunion tour, even though I knew they were in just for the money and I would be hugely disappointed. I was, and at the same time I do not regret going to the show. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here is a post I wrote with some of the essential punk rock books and DVDs. Last night, I added another piece to the essential collection. My husband and I watched Julian Temple's documentary on Joe Strummer, The Future Is Unwritten. What can I say? Julian Temple is a genius who has done the defining documentaries on both the Sex Pistols and The Clash (although you could say The Future Is Unwrittenis not so much about the band but about Joe Strummer). Even though I was occasionally annoyed last night by the fact that they never say who is the person they are interviewing, the documentary was fascinating. The footage is fantastic, some of it very rare, the music is obviously amazing, and what emerges is a fascinating talented man who could be a complete SOB on occasions. Some of the people explaining the influence Joe Strummer and The Clash had on them: Bono, Johnny Depp, John Cusack, Matt Dillon, Martin Scorsese and many others. Oh, and David Lee Roth cussing him is priceless. I only wish they had spent a little more time on the making of and the impact of London Calling, the best punk album ever.
Watching the documentary ignited once again my interest in the history of punk music. So last night, I bought Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock and Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone for my Kindle so I can read them in Argentina, and ordered White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Centuryso that they are waiting for me when I come back.
Nothing like combining research obsessiveness with your long time passion. I can't wait to read them all!