Books like White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race are always an interesting read. It’s always intriguing to see how an editor gathers and organizes a diverse group of articles, and what new material will be added. In the case of this reader, everything regarding punk rock and race is covered.
Editors Stephen Duncombe and Maxwell Tremblay don’t assume that the reader is intimately familiar with everything being presented here. Each section of the book, as well as each article included, comes with an attendant introduction. They are by no means pedantic, and simultaneously serve as a point of reference for the unfamiliar and a refresher for those who are in the scene. White Riot is organized in such a way that each segment can be read on its own, as an entity unto itself. Should the reader wish to focus only on the early London scene, they could, or range abroad into the Latino culture in Mexico and the barrios of Los Angeles.