As an ardent supporter of all things independent, I can say with authority that this is as punk as it gets. Tim Cundle is a DIY guy who has been a champion of the underground through his involvement in fanzines, promoting shows and records, and similar activities for many, many years. 'Compression' is his first novel, and it's a doozy! There aren't a lot of books out there focusing on the experiences of the daily lives of true punks, and of those that do exist, very few (if any - at least in terms of works of fiction) actually get it right. Cundle has lived the life for, I'd say, all of his life - or at least as much of it as can be considered after discounting those early childhood years when he (like all of us) was just growing up and trying to find his place in the world. Cundle found his place in the DIY underground world of punk rock, which is the world explored in this book. It's all here: drama, tension, action, adventure, heartache, longing, loss, fulfillment - and, as Legs McNeil might point out, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Cundle and I have run in the same circles, and have many similar experiences as a result. To say that this book touched a nerve - in a very good way - is putting it lightly. Highly recommended.