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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679313257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679313250
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #902,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

“I'm always fascinated by the musical creativity of youth. Just recently I was spinning some vinyl in Lisbon . . . Punk rock? Well, I'm still working on that one.”
– Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, former Canadian Prime Minister (and Warren’s former boss)

“Once a punk, always a punk! Kinsella makes it clear that, in its origins, punk became a really fucking fun way to take on the establishment’s bullshit, and he shows why rebelliousness is still alive and kicking. It’s a bloody good thing that old punks never die, otherwise they would never write any cool books.”
–Joey Shithead Keithley, DOA

“Make no mistake, a book about Punk is not Punk Rock. But in this aggressive and energetic book Kinsella successfully tackles the complexities of what it is that makes this misfit youth culture so potentially empowering.” –Craig O’Hara, author of The Philosophy of Punk

“An insightful look into the world of music and politics when most people would rather hear about Ashlee Simpson and FOX TV.”
–Jim Lindberg, Pennywise

“Readable, angry and trenchant, Fury’s Hour falls somewhere between memoir and critical exposition, ranging incisively over the history of the genre.”
–Toronto Life

“Discussing punk politics, the birth of the Sex Pistols and why anger is energy makes this an intelligent read for any rocker.”
Chart magazine

“He’s very sharp and candid on the paradoxical appeal punk has always had with certain elements of the far right, and certain muddleheaded proponents of “anarchy.” His belief in punk as a tool for social change reads like a tonic in an age of irony. He can convey the sheer heart-in-your-throat enthusiasm of the true fan with a verve that wouldn’t shame his critic hero Lester Bangs.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“His admiration for Joe Keithley, Joe Strummer, Today Vail and Joey Ramone is genuine, as is his enduring belief in the power of punk to change lives.”
Calgary Herald

“The book–which combines a history of punk rock with a survey of punk’s various sub-cultures, plus a sprinkling of memoir from the author’s won punk salad days–celebrates the punk rock of his youth while still insisting on the relevance and vibrancy of the music today as a subversive, politically engaged movement.”
The Globe and Mail

Fury’s Hour succeeds because Kinsella combines a young person’s idealistic love for punk with a boring old fart’s perspective on the subculture’s blemishes, contradictions, commercialization, history–and, yes, its future.”
The Globe and Mail

“Kinsella, a product of southeast Calgary, emerges from an earlier age as an angst-ridden teenage bass player with the Hot Nasties. Which, more than any political pedigree, gives him the credibility to write an intensely personal account of the punk movement. And when he picks, as his best-ever punk singles, Anarchy In The UK and White Man in Hammersmith Palais, then it’s obvious he actually knows what he’s talking about…. To be in the crowd of the White Riot tour, to sneak in to see the Pistols play under another name because they were banned throughout England, to marvel at the ferocity of the Damned, the ingenuity of the Buzzcocks, and to wait for another issue of Sniffin’ Glue–those were strange, important days. To understand them so well from the other side of the Atlantic shows uncanny insight.”
The Calgary Sun

“In seven concise chapters, filled to the brim with interviews, first-hand accounts, captivating stories and historical factoids, Kinsella not only writes what could be considered a fairly definitive short history of punk–both music and lifestyle–but also lays out a passionate argument in favour of the genre’s continuing relevance… a great book and a worthwhile addition to the canon of punk literature (or literature on punk).”
View (Hamilton)

Praise for Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics:
"Eminently readable. . . Truly entertaining. . . Turns the tables on the mean and nasty by being meaner and nastier."
Calgary Herald

"Interesting reading. Kinsella writes in a quick-paced, animated, highly accessible style. . . Kinsella is one smart dog."
The Globe and Mail

"A hard-nosed look at how to win political campaigns [by] Canada’s version of James Carville."
The Toronto Sun

"A must-read for those who appreciate politics as a blood sport."
eye Weekly (Toronto)

"Highly readable. . . As many see it, the Alliance’s slide into oblivion hit the point of no return when the toe of Warren Kinsella’s shoe made contact with Stockwell Day’s rump."
National Post

From the Back Cover

“I'm always fascinated by the musical creativity of youth. Just recently I was spinning some vinyl in Lisbon . . . Punk rock? Well, I'm still working on that one.”
– Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, former Canadian Prime Minister (and Warren’s former boss)

“Once a punk, always a punk! Kinsella makes it clear that, in its origins, punk became a really fucking fun way to take on the establishment’s bullshit, and he shows why rebelliousness is still alive and kicking. It’s a bloody good thing that old punks never die, otherwise they would never write any cool books.”
–Joey Shithead Keithley, DOA

“Make no mistake, a book about Punk is not Punk Rock. But in this aggressive and energetic book Kinsella successfully tackles the complexities of what it is that makes this misfit youth culture so potentially empowering.” –Craig O’Hara, author of The Philosophy of Punk

“An insightful look into the world of music and politics when most people would rather hear about Ashlee Simpson and FOX TV.”
–Jim Lindberg, Pennywise

“Readable, angry and trenchant, Fury’s Hour falls somewhere between memoir and critical exposition, ranging incisively over the history of the genre.”
–Toronto Life

“Discussing punk politics, the birth of the Sex Pistols and why anger is energy makes this an intelligent read for any rocker.”
Chart magazine

“He’s very sharp and candid on the paradoxical appeal punk has always had with certain elements of the far right, and certain muddleheaded proponents of “anarchy.” His belief in punk as a tool for social change reads like a tonic in an age of irony. He can convey the sheer heart-in-your-throat enthusiasm of the true fan with a verve that wouldn’t shame his critic hero Lester Bangs.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“His admiration for Joe Keithley, Joe Strummer, Today Vail and Joey Ramone is genuine, as is his enduring belief in the power of punk to change lives.”
Calgary Herald

“The book–which combines a history of punk rock with a survey of punk’s various sub-cultures, plus a sprinkling of memoir from the author’s won punk salad days–celebrates the punk rock of his youth while still insisting on the relevance and vibrancy of the music today as a subversive, politically engaged movement.”
The Globe and Mail

Fury’s Hour succeeds because Kinsella combines a young person’s idealistic love for punk with a boring old fart’s perspective on the subculture’s blemishes, contradictions, commercialization, history–and, yes, its future.”
The Globe and Mail

“Kinsella, a product of southeast Calgary, emerges from an earlier age as an angst-ridden teenage bass player with the Hot Nasties. Which, more than any political pedigree, gives him the credibility to write an intensely personal account of the punk movement. And when he picks, as his best-ever punk singles, Anarchy In The UK and White Man in Hammersmith Palais, then it’s obvious he actually knows what he’s talking about…. To be in the crowd of the White Riot tour, to sneak in to see the Pistols play under another name because they were banned throughout England, to marvel at the ferocity of the Damned, the ingenuity of the Buzzcocks, and to wait for another issue of Sniffin’ Glue–those were strange, important days. To understand them so well from the other side of the Atlantic shows uncanny insight.”
The Calgary Sun

“In seven concise chapters, filled to the brim with interviews, first-hand accounts, captivating stories and historical factoids, Kinsella not only writes what could be considered a fairly definitive short history of punk–both music and lifestyle–but also lays out a passionate argument in favour of the genre’s continuing relevance… a great book and a worthwhile addition to the canon of punk literature (or literature on punk).”
View (Hamilton)

Praise for Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics:
"Eminently readable. . . Truly entertaining. . . Turns the tables on the mean and nasty by being meaner and nastier."
Calgary Herald

"Interesting reading. Kinsella writes in a quick-paced, animated, highly accessible style. . . Kinsella is one smart dog."
The Globe and Mail

"A hard-nosed look at how to win political campaigns [by] Canada’s version of James Carville."
The Toronto Sun

"A must-read for those who appreciate politics as a blood sport."
eye Weekly (Toronto)

"Highly readable. . . As many see it, the Alliance’s slide into oblivion hit the point of no return when the toe of Warren Kinsella’s shoe made contact with Stockwell Day’s rump."
National Post

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What I enjoy best about Fury's Hour is how it doesn't ignore the inherent contradictions that existed in early-era punk. Both The Clash and The Sex Pistols were emblematic of this. Punk was a movement, but it was also a product. It was DIY. But at times it also was occupied by some pretty calculating people. It broke rules and then made new ones, sometimes just as rigid as what it hoped to overthrow.

Its music was fuelled by anger--that unique kind of anger that we really only have for a few fleeting years in life--but there was a clear split in the road on what you did with that energy. For the minority, it was a channel for hate. Kinsella wastes no time condemning them. And rightfully so.

For for others, it was a channel for purpose "talk minus action equals zero" or for goofy fun "F%@k art, let's dance." Here, Kinsella makes clear that the purpose of punk remains just as relevant today as in the 70s. "Is there a future that punk can change? Damn right, there is. There always is." It's a good battle cry.

Kinsella's book is not the final word on punk. Nor was it meant to be. Instead, it's an unvarnished look at an almost lost music form. It's from someone who did more than just wear the tshirt or buy the records, but who did the DIY thing himself. Not just by playing in band himself, but also--by way of this book--he's rounded up key characters in that old school punk movement and has given them a new chance to tell a great story to a new generation of fans.

A well-earned five stars for being a fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W. Kingma on April 27 2010
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Very interesting and well written. Anyone with any interest in punk will like this book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18 2006
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I thought it was awesome and an interesting insight into the early culture of punk rock.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18 2006
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What a piece of crap. This is the worst book this yet for this yoyo. He's a egomaniac and this book is an embarrasment, even for him. He knows nothing about music.Nothing.Save your money!!!
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Making the case for both the problem of punk and of its redeeming power Nov. 1 2014
By Patrick Gant - Published on Amazon.com
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What I enjoy best about Fury's Hour is how it doesn't ignore the inherent contradictions that existed in early-era punk. Both The Clash and The Sex Pistols were emblematic of this. Punk was a movement, but it was also a product. It was DIY. But at times it also was occupied by some pretty calculating people. It broke rules and then made new ones, sometimes just as rigid as what it hoped to overthrow.

Its music was fuelled by anger--that unique kind of anger that we really only have for a few fleeting years in life--but there was a clear split in the road on what you did with that energy. For the minority, it was a channel for hate. Kinsella wastes no time condemning them. And rightfully so.

For for others, it was a channel for purpose "talk minus action equals zero" or for goofy fun "F%@k art, let's dance." Here, Kinsella makes clear that the purpose of punk remains just as relevant today as in the 70s. "Is there a future that punk can change? Damn right, there is. There always is." It's a good battle cry.

Kinsella's book is not the final word on punk. Nor was it meant to be. Instead, it's an unvarnished look at an almost lost music form. It's from someone who did more than just wear the tshirt or buy the records, but who did the DIY thing himself. Not just by playing in band himself, but also--by way of this book--he's rounded up key characters in that old school punk movement and has given them a new chance to tell a great story to a new generation of fans.

A well-earned five stars for being a fun read.
Take it to the bank. Oct. 8 2014
By eileen sterling - Published on Amazon.com
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Surviving the punk movement is a good thing. The punk movement went from garage bands & indie labels into mainstream media on the wings of an angry prayer and songs that hurt your ears as well as your heart. Kinsella makes no excuses for the angst of a generation that sets the bar on the youthful frustration of not being heard and the desperation of growing up in an affluent society that refuses to connect the dots between rage and longing for a better life in the free world. No mistake, before the fall of the Berlin Wall punks in Eastern Europe recognized kindred spirits in music that threatened to tear the house down. Includes a comprehensive index. The book it very good for the years it covers; the beginning of a major youth movement that sparked a torch that continues to flame.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's hard to take a wealthy establishment poseur... July 19 2010
By Ashra - Published on Amazon.com
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who claims to be a punk rocker. Kinsella is the ultimate establishment guy, who lives off the establishment - a lobbyist, lawyer, and PR type whose upper background is totally at odds with what punk is all about. This is just a poseur's fantasy - but it ain't real, folks. The author is the antithesis of punk. He's THE MAN.

Go for something real. It's not here.


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