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The Secret History of Black Punk

The Secret History of Black Punk

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By Raeghan Buchanan. Published by Silver Sprocket. 

Softcover, 64 pages, Colour, 2023. 

The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero by Raeghan Buchanan is an illustrated roll-call for punk, post-punk, hardcore, no-wave, and experimental bands from ground zero ‘til now. A starting point for anyone curious, another reference for those who devour all genre-related things, or a cool artifact for anyone in the know.

This book is part of an ongoing series that covers musicians like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Poly Styrene, Don Letts, Minority Threat, and many others. From LA to London, from the early 1900s till today, Buchanan examines and presents narratives to show how Black musicians shape (and are shaped by) the world we live in.

Buchanan is an illustrator, writer, and musician born in Eerie, PA. After risking more than a decade of her life to drumming and singing in hardcore, post-punk, and power pop bands, she has returned to her first love: comics. Besides doing industry work-for-hire, she has most recently created self-published books Strange Glances and the POCtober Sketchbook. Buchanan’s creative work centers on exploring different areas of Black heritage, such as rock ‘n’ roll musical roots and general history, in social and political arenas and science fiction.

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