David Ensminger

David Ensminger

David Ensminger is a Humanities, Folklore, and English Instructor at Lee College in Baytown, TX. As a writer covering music, art, and contemporary issues, he has authored Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations, coauthored Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins,and contributed to Popmatters (where he publishes a monthly column), Maximum Rock’n’Roll, Houston Press, Art in Print, M/C Journal, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Artcore, Postmodern Culture, Trust, and others. He is also a longtime drummer, including a stint in the Texas Biscuit Bombs with Biscuit of the Big Boys, and a digital archivist of punk and vernacular culture.




Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons

Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons

SKU: 9781604866414
Author: David Ensminger
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604866414
Published: 6/2013
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 296
Subjects: Music–Punk/Sociology



Praise

“David Ensminger is the right mix of intellectual and real-ass emotional punk. He is a historian and has walked the life…I recommend everything this man is up to!”
—Dave Dictor, MDC

“David is one of the rare scene insiders who also has a depth of knowledge of the social and political context for the punk and hardcore moment. His love for the scene and understanding of its importance is unique, well-researched, and valuable.”
—Vic Bondi, Articles of Faith

“David Ensminger is one of the few music writers who ‘get it.’ He’s a rockin’ drummer, a knowledgeable writer who’s actually engaged with the wide world, and he’s done time on the front lines of punk rock. As an interviewer he gets the inside picture and know’s where it belongs.”
—Peter Case, Plimsouls, The Nerves

“David is one of the very few people that I’ve ever agreed to do an interview with. Why? Because he grasps the relevant importance of the punk movement in a historical context, local and international, which is crucial to the subject.”
—U-Ron Bondage, Really Red

“Ensminger burrows into punk’s essential contradictions and creates space for the marginalized of the movement to make a riot of their own. The stories and observations collated here benefit from the author’s street-scholar sense, as he makes critical connections between what bound the subculture together.”
—Denise Sullivan, author of Keep On Pushin’: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip Hop on David Ensminger’s Visual Vitriol


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