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


About the Author

Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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