Punks Listen is the latest book from Hope Collective
PUNKS LISTEN is the third in a series of ‘benefit books’ from the Hope Collective, Dublin’s punk/Do-It-Yourself Collective. It is now available for pre-order, shipping week starting October 9.
It is designed to raise funds for the Red Cross Ukraine Refugee appeal.
Inspired by the punk community, in 2017 the Hope Collective released a book to raise money for the Syrian refugees. Thanks to the people who wrote for the book, and the people who bought it, they were able to present €5,000 to the Red Cross Syrian Refugee appeal.
This was followed up in 2020 by a book to assist the NHS workers and patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Again, thanks to the writers and the buyers, they were able to donate €10,000 to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal.
The new book is a collection of pieces of writing from musicians, writers, actors and music fans. They were asked to write about a record (or a gig) that was significant to them.
The book includes over 280 contributions from people including:
Amanda Palmer, Suggs (Madness), Roddy Doyle (The Commitments), Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Gaye Black (The Adverts), Henry Rollins, Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Josephine Wiggs (The Breeders), Kevin Godley (10cc),Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Manda Rin (Bis), Justin Sullivan (New Model Army), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), Stephen Rapid (The Radiators, Trouble Pilgrims), John Robb (Membranes), Andy Moor (The Ex), Tav Falco, Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Dick Lucas (Subhumans/Citizen Fish/Culture Shock), Marshall Keith (The Slickee Boys), Joolz Denby, Jon Langford (The Mekons, The Three Johns), Dave Smalley (Dag nasty/DYS/All/Down By Law), Stan Erraught (Stars of heaven), Dunstan Bruce (Chumbawamba/Interrobang), Gaye Black (The Adverts), Attila The Stockbroker, Vic Goddar (Subway Sect), Thor Harris (Swans), Rob Moss (Artificial Peace/Government Issue), Jerry A. Lang (Poison Idea), Ivor Hanson (SOA, Faith, Embrace), Jeff Pezatti (Naked Raygun), Nicole Thomas(Fire Party), Sinéad Gleeson, Rónán Hession, Aidan Gillen, Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring, the Messthetics), David Gedge (The Wedding Present), Josephine Wiggs (The Breeders), Shawna Potter (War on Women), Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Suzi Moon and so many more
“It’s been a really difficult and stressful few years for just about everybody. Sometimes we felt like it was all too much. What could people like us do to make a difference? What could we do to help the Ukrainian citizens?
We did a small thing – we contacted some of our favourite authors, musicians and music people. They did something that really mattered to us – they took time and wrote really moving pieces about their favourite rec-ords and gigs. When you put all of them together it’s a really meaningful collection. It proves that you can find help in surprising places when you reach out.”
“In times of stress and worry you reach out to your community for help. When we saw what was going on in Ukraine we felt we needed to reach out to our friends to show some solidarity. We are 2 punks from Dublin trying to express sympathy and empathy in a world that at times feels like its gone mad.
We reached out for help and the response has been incredible. Music motivates us to try to change things and we found comfort knowing the extended music community are ready to help. We asked what their favourite record is and here’s what they wrote”
4 thoughts on “Punks Listen”
Fantastic! I’ll have one of course! If you can both scribble in it all the better!
Fancy seeing you here!
Can’t wait to read it. You guys are luminaries in a seemingly ever-darkening world. But there is a light and it’ll never go out while you fellas live and breathe. Thank you 🙏🏼
I second that Tom, a scribbled copy for me too please!. Just ordered my copy…fantastic stuff!!