Check out 300+ of my favorite songs from the book with the Post Punk Diary 1980-1982 Spotify playlist.
George Gimarc’s Post Punk Diary 1980-1982, following up his Punk-Diary 1970-1979, does not only cover post-punk in the strict sense of how we think of the genre, but rather the post-punk era which included the formation and articulation of the genre post-punk as well as other products of the aftermath of the heyday of punk, ranging from yet more punk to mod revival, new romantic, and new wave. Gimarc focuses for the most part on the alternative side of things, whatever the genre. In this book, there are “over 900 bands represented by over 3,300 recordings”. The author generally maintains a neutral, but descriptive, point of view — with a dash of dry humor here and there — and the entries are near-daily for the time period covered. Releases of singles, EPs, LPs, and compilations are covered along with additional material like remarks from artists, break-ups, concerts and the like. Many pages feature posters, logos, album art, or advertisements for artists mentioned within.
The book is very entertaining to skim through at a leisurely pace or to pour over closely, using it as a guide to discover potentially interesting artists. Check it out on Amazon, Worldcat (to find it in a library), or see the Google Books preview.
My list on RYM collects the artists in the index, and provides a list of compilation albums at the end. Please do let me know if there are any errors here so I can correct them. I’m currently working on identifying a few obscure bands listed in the compilations that may not be in the RYM database.