Luridly entertaining.
Rolling Stone

Punk Elegies

by Allan MacDonell

Punk Elegies arrives like a chemically unstable mixture of Richard Yates and Damon Runyon. Set along Hollywood Boulevard at the birth of punk and the death of the 1970s, the thirty-three melancholic, comic laments of Punk Elegies are a mesmerizing concoction of delusion and revelation. A cultural moment, a marriage, and one young man’s mind and soul spiral through a series of boundless possibilities and arrive at a harrowing finality. In the end, on the spin cycle of destiny, MacDonell circles alone, naked and bewildered in the labyrinth of a pre-AIDS bathhouse inferno. The first sunrise of the rest of his life dares him to step outside.

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Paperback, 2015: 9781940207612
US $17.95 | Autobiography
Also available in ebook formats


Allan MacDonell is the author of Prisoner of X: 20 Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine and was a defining voice of the groundbreaking punk periodical Slash magazine. While writing for Slash, he also co-invented slam-dancing. MacDonell lives in Los Angeles.

Filled with sex, drugs, and impulsive conclusions, Punk Elegies is a cultural snapshot of an age of remarkable artistic creation yet also reckless abandon.
Vanity Fair
...a gritty ode to friendship, intense partying, hard-core drugs, and near death experiences that is equal parts exhilarating and tragic.
Los Angeles Magazine
Sometimes dizzying but always exciting, this punk memoir is a microcosm of a musical moment.
Foreword Reviews
Not all will want to enter this world, even through it’s an evocative and different kind of coming-of-age story; but those who do will find Punk Elegies a compelling saga replete with heart-wrenching moments and rampaging hormones.
Midwest Book Review