Recipe for Hate

Overview

How of a group of Portland, Maine, punks defeated a murderous gang of neo-Nazis.

The X Gang is led by the scarred, silent, and mostly unreadable Christopher X. His best friend, Kurt Blank, is a hulking and talented punk guitarist living in the closet. Sisters Patti and Betty Upchuck form the core of the feminist Punk Rock Virgins band, and are the closest to X and Kurt. Assorted hangers-on and young upstarts fill out the X Gang’s orbit: the Hot Nasties, the Social Blemishes, and even the legendary Joe Strummer of The Clash.

Over one dark weekend, it very nearly all came to an end. Based on real events, Warren Kinsella tells the story of the X Gang’s punk lives — the community hall gigs, the anti-racist rallies, the fanzines and poetry and art, and what happened after the brutal murders of two of their friends.

About the Author

Warren Kinsella

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Warren Kinsella

Warren Kinsella is an author, musician, lawyer, and political consultant. His previous books include Unholy Alliances, the national bestseller Web of Hate, the bestselling novel Party Favours, Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics, and Fury’s Hour: A (Sort-of) Punk Manifesto. Warren plays bass in a punk rock group called SFH and runs the popular blog The War Room. He lives in Toronto.