Barb Wire Dolls: Destination Punk by Svenja Block – book reviewBarb Wire Dolls: Destination Punk by Svenja Block (Countdown Books)


Available to pre-order now, published October 16th

A new book by our own Svenja Block with great pictures and everything you need to know about the fabulous Barb Wire Dolls. idp reviews. (See also an exclusive selection of photos from the book on Louder Than War here.) 

The Barb Wire Dolls are a four piece punk band out of Crete via Venice Beach, California, famous for their wild and photogenic stage shows, their uncompromising DIY ethic, and for re-establishing the Hollywood punk scene starting with a legendary sell out show at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in 2010 and subsequent weekly residency at the Viper Rooms.

If you haven’t been to a Barb Wire Dolls show yet then believe me you’re missing out on something special (at the time of writing I’m still coming down from their show at The Yardbirds in Grimsby), and this new book, by Louder Than War’s very own Svenja Block, is just what you need to bring you up to speed with a band who have been described as being as exciting as an ancient Minoan bull leaping by no less an authority than journalist and proprietor John Robb.


There’s a revealing interview with Anne Johanna that gives us the lowdown on how they sold everything they owned and moved from Greece to Los Angeles at the invitation of DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, were booked for the Doll Hut by booker Dani Rose no less and teamed up with Steve Albini to record their debut album Slit.

And there’s a fantastic selection of pictures from the many Dolls gigs Svenja has covered, including the famous Hastings gig at which the pit was so wild the PA system nearly came crashing down on the band with the front row linking arms and high kicking and one guy stark bollock naked and doing the hokey cokey right at the front of the stage.

Plenty of quotes and comment from industry insiders pay tribute to The Dolls relentless work and touring ethic and their determined belief in the idea of a revolution of individuals based on “inner anarchy”. All in all a great introduction to one of the most exciting and innovative bands on the punk scene today and a fine addition to your Christmas list.


Barb Wire Dolls are online here: They also have a Facebook account and tweet as @BarbWireDolls.

All photos and words by Svenja Block. You can find more of Svenja’s photos at her Flickr or on Facebook.

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