Book Review: Top Rankin’

By Howard Paar

(paperback) $20.00

It’s the dawn of 1980 in Los Angeles and everything’s changing. Punks, dopers and assorted miscreants play in the decaying homes of Hollywood golden era stars. The playfully decadent, diverse L.A. punk scene is under threat from the violent, misogynistic hardcore scene, not to mention the suddenly cheap, high-grade heroin that’s tempting many who haven’t managed to get their artistic careers in gear yet. Author Paar is a Londoner who created Los Angeles’ the On Klub, the first ska club in the U.S., so he knows the territory extremely well.