Brian Cogan is a writer and professor and has written extensively on music and popular culture as well as music criticism. He received his Ph.D. in Media Ecology in 2002 from New York University. He teaches at Molloy College and has been a member of the punk scene for over 20 years and written for a variety of zines as well as journals, newspapers and magazines, and has performed and recorded with his band In Crowd since 1987.
While a "punk encyclopedia" seems like an oxymoron, music writer and musician Cogan nicely succeeds in producing a "useful resource" illustrating "the urgency and importance of punk rock" from its mid-1970s start to "the movement's vitality in the present day." A plethora of great photos--from the Clash and the Sex Pistols to newcomers Groucho Marxists and the Shemps--accompany knowledgeable, fascinating and fast-paced entries that illuminate punk bands' struggle to survive (the Ramones were paid only $5,000 for their starring role in Rock 'n' Roll High School in 1979) while avoiding being co-opted by the mainstream music biz. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Cogan has basically compiled the end-all, be-all list of punk bands you should know about...Basically it's the punk fan's holy bible." -The Staten Island Advance Cogan has basically compiled the end-all, be-all list of punk bands you should know aboutBasically it's the punk fan's holy bible. -The Staten Island Advance"