Book Review: Bob Suren, “Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records”

Written by Book Reviews, Books, Music


This is not your standard recount of a punk album collector’s purchases and memories of the records he bought over the years; it’s not a compendium of albums all punks (or ex-punks) should have.  What Bob Suren has done is to inject some highly personal and emotionally wrenching anecdotes to go along with the memories of hearing, searching for and either buying or re-releasing certain punk albums of the initial hardcore era from the early ’80’s.

Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records takes the reader through his seeking out these records that affected him; the relationships that he aligns with these records and bands and through his experiences.  He ran a small record label; he played in bands, he owned a long-running record store; he did it all.  Some of his moments were triumphs; some were very low points – all of which he recounts with no sense of self-pity but matter-of-fact – this is not a pretty tale.  But Bob Suren certainly knows how to tell it and it’s a very worthwhile read.


Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records is available now