Rating
PPPPP = As punk as it can get
PPPP = Very punk

PPP = 50% punk
PP = Has some punk
P = Has little punk

***** = Highly recommended
**** = Very good
*** = Nice read
** = Could be better
* = Pretty bad

10 Jaar Simplon: Over Hippies, Punks, Billies & Andere Querulanten
Stichting Simplon, Uitgeverij Xeno/Simplon 1987
116 pgs, Softcover, Dutch
A nice little booklet about the youthcenter Simplon in Groningen. Punk contributors with a piece are Peter Schriemer/Subway, Derk-Jan Wooldrik/Boobs, De Kip/Roeg Toeg, Mark Tilstra/Boegies, Hein Doeglas/Boegies, Dik Smid/Moonlizards, Robb Kaufman/Subway, Frank Scholtens/Boegies and some more. It starts with the history and some contributors write very entertaining anecdotes. A big deal is about the filmclub, the restaurant, videoclub and workshops but it is highly recommended nevertheless. Too bad it is impossible to find nowadays but you can read it here. PPP *****

Amsterdam On Tour: The Early Signs Of Dutch Graffiti
Again & De Scene, FreshCotton 2019
202 pgs, Hardcover, English
Pretty much the reference work on early Dutch graffiti in Amsterdam with beautiful pictures and alot about the early punk graffiti (Vendex, Hugo Kaagman, N-Power, Zoot, Dr. Rat…). PP *****

Club Risiko: De Jaren Tachtig Toen En Nu
Fred De Vries, Nijgh Van Ditmar 2006
255 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

The Connected Lives Of Dutch Punks: Contesting Subcultural Boundaries
Kirsty Lohman, Palgrave Macmillan 2017
227 pgs, Softcover, English
This is a research project on Punk in the Netherlands, an etnography of the scene with participants spread across the country. It maps the Dutch punkscene historically and geographically. Since the book doesn’t give a fixed definition of punk, she let the participants do. The book has four aims and answers the following questions: What is punk for its Dutch participants? How has this changed over time? What forms of politics are Dutch punks engaged with? How does participants’ punkness interact with and influence other aspects of their lives? There’s a great deal of participants with fictive names (10 of 33) from my hometown Groningen who are met and questioned at a concert in 2011. If you’re into subjective views and need an academic view on DIY punk, then this is for you. Except, the price of the book is absurd. The cheapest I can find is around 70 euro’s. Not really punk… PPPPP ***

Dr. Rat: Godfather Van De Nederlandse Graffiti
Martin Haas, Lebowski Publishers 2011
240 pgs, Paperback, Dutch
Essential for people messing around with a marker in the early 80’s. All and everything about the legendary Dr. Rat from Amsterdam. His whole gloomy life researched in this book with great pictures and countless stories by others. PPPP *****

Grafherrie
Remco Daalder, Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen 2008
132 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

Groeten Uit De Vrije Wereld: Van Cultuuroverdracht Tot De Vorming Van Een Nederpunkscene
W.A. van Rekum, Afstudeerscriptie Cultuur Geschiedenis 2011
69 pgs, Thesis on Paper, Dutch

Heethoofd: De Grote Rotterdamse Punkroman
Leen Steen, Uitgeverij Passage 2017
400 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

Het Gejuich Was Massaal – Punk in Nederland 1976-1982
Jerry Goossens, Jeroen Vedder, Haasbeek 1996
125 pgs, Softcover, Dutch
More or less the only book that deals with Dutch punk in this particular period. It has great images but concentrates mostly on the western part of the Netherlands. From the 30 persons that are interviewed there’s only one interview with a woman (Diana Ozon) while there were tons of punkbands with women. Too bad this is very hard to get. Next year there will be an English version published with new/more images and a revised discography. PPPPP *****

Johan was Punk And He Knows It: Het niet zo alledaagse leven van Johan van de Koekrand
Johan van Leeuwen, Eigen Beheer 1997
154 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

Jozzy: Het Bips Boek
Alex van der Hulst, Literair Productiehuis Wintertuin 2013
168 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

De Nederlandse Cassette Catalogus 1983 – 1987
Frans de Waard, Korm Plastics 2021
304 pgs, Hardcover, English and Dutch
I love catalogues. Especially the ones with obscurities such as tapes. This one has the 4 cassette catalogues from the 80’s reprinted. Far from complete and there’s unfortunately no year of release with entries but a great reference guide nevertheless. A very nice addition is the letter section at the end of the book. PP *****

Nothing Going On In The City – 40 Jaar Popmuziek in Groningen
Koen van Krimpen, Uitgeverij Passage 2003
180 pgs, Softcover, Dutch
A great book about the musical culture in the Groningen province. Koen did alot of research and I helped him with the punksection. There were several interviews, emailcontact and he could use everything from bacteria.nl website. Still, he managed to get most info wrong in this book so after it came out, I directly made a correction webpage. It makes you wonder about the other genres. The Poparchief Groningen blindly took over this archive hence the many grave mistakes. However, this is still an essential book about the many bands Groningen had. PP ***

Nu Future Nu: Punk In Nederland 1977-2012
Leonor Jonker, Lebowski Publishers 2012
304 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

Papua Punk: Strips, Collages, Artikelen En Interviews Uit De Punk-& Reggae-Cultuur
Hugo Kaagman, De Woelrat 1982
124 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

De Paradiso Punk Jaren Deel 1: 1977, De Oerknal
Oscar Smit, Black Olive Press 2017
44 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

De Paradiso Punk Jaren Deel 2: 1978, Het Jaar Van De Nederpunk
Oscar Smit, Black Olive Press 2018
88 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

De Paradiso Punk Jaren Deel 3: 1979, Opkomst Van New Wave, Post-Punk en Poëzie
Oscar Smit, Black Olive Press 2019
44 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

De Plasser Paradox
Nick J. Swarth, Uitgeverij IJzer Utrecht 2020
434 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

Punk Als Verzet(je)?: Een Rondje Nederpunk In De Jaren Tachtig Van De Twintigste Eeuw
Johan van Leeuwen, Eigen Beheer 2002
Softcover, Dutch

Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands
Javier Abarca, Thomas Chambers, Urbanario & Hitzerot 2019
166 pgs, Softcover, English

Punk In Holland
Erik Verzijl, OnsFotoboek 2021
18 pgs, Softcover
A totally DIY project by this punk photographer. It’s a photobook so there’s no words in it except for the obligatory captions. It doesn’t have many pages but the pictures are marvellous. All taken in 1979 and with bands such as Jezus And The Gospelfuckers, Infexion, Workmates, Ivy Green, Rondos, Filth, Vopos, PCX, The Bugs and The Ex you can’t go wrong! A good deal of these pictures can be found in the very hard to get “Het Gejuich Was Massaal” book. PPPPP *****

Punk Met Een Hoofdletter R. De Politieke Ideologie Van Rotterdams Punkcollectief De Rondos 1978-1983
Anne de Rooij, Scriptie History Of Political Culture And National Identities 2012
90 pgs, Thesis on Paper, Dutch

Rhythm: Het Stripwerk Compleet & Chronologisch 1969-2011
Peter Pontiac, Oog & Blik 2011
368 pgs, Hardcover, Dutch

Rock City: Verhalen Uit Muziekstad Groningen
Igor Wijnker, Uitgeverij Passage 2017
256 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

Rockin’ On Paper, The Vera Club, A History In Posters
Ricky van Duuren, Niek Schutter, Vera 2006
316 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

Rock ‘n’ Roel
Roel Smit, Oog & Blik 2008
120 pgs, Softcover, Dutch

Rock Tegen De Rollen: Een Onderzoek Naar Vrouwenpunk En Feminisme In Nederland rond 1980
Pauwke Berkers, Doctoraalscriptie Cultuursociologie, Universiteit Van Tilburg 2003
214 pgs, Thesis on Paper, Dutch

Rotboek
Pim Scheelings, Henk de Tank 2008
144 pgs, Paperback, Dutch

Studio Paradiso
Dirk Weelder, Voetnoot 2013
624 pgs, Paperback, Dutch & English
This is a monster of a photobook. Max Natkiel photographed visitors of the Paradiso club in Amsterdam in the early 80’s and here’s over 600 of them! In 2008 Marc Geerards made the film Paradiso Stilllives with people photographed but now filmed 25 years later. There’s also some people from Groningen in it. On his website are many more pictures from these Natkiel sessions. Needless to say there’s alot of (familiar) punks and skins in this. PPPP *****

Uitgepunkt. De Korte Adem Van Een Subcultuur In Nederland, 1977-1982
Daan van Schijndel, Masterscriptie Nieuwste Geschiedenis Universiteit van Amsterdam 2012
76 pgs, Thesis on Paper, Dutch

Vlerkwerk, 30 Jaar Underground Posters
Vlerk, Stichting Sherpa 2020
216 pgs, Softcover, Dutch
Edmund Spierts aka Vlerk used to be one of my Cimande Pencak Silat teachers in the 90’s when he was doing Inktvis Prutdukties but I totally forgot he also made posters for the Simplon and Vera youthcenters in Groningen. This marvellous book covers all his concertposters (more than 200) for Simplon from 1987 – 1996 and his years with Vera 2002 – 2009. I love his rather dark fantasy style with often some humour. There is very interesting commentary at alot of posters and often there’s alternate drawing of the same poster or preperary sketches of how a poster came to life. Even some of my bands are in it. Comes with a handnumbered silksceen and this print is 125 handnumbered. PP *****

Vlerkwerk, 30 Years Underground Posters
Vlerk, Stichting Sherpa 2020
216 pgs, Softcover, English
The same as above but all texts are translated in English language. Also comes with handnumbered silkscreen and has a print of 25. PP *****

Willem Kolvoort: 30 Jaar Vera Posters
Willem Kolvoort, Uitgeverij Passage 2020
128pgs, Hardcover, Dutch