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A Mix of Bricks & Valentines
A Mix of Bricks & Valentines

A Mix of Bricks & Valentines

Lyrics 1979–2009

By G. W. Sok, Foreword by John Robb


384 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00) (CA $22.00)

Publication Date: September 2011

ISBN 9781604864991

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

PM Press (Sep 2011)


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Provocative, creative, and witty—just like punk lyrics are supposed to be

A showcase of the lyrics that G. W. Sok wrote during the three decades that he was with the band The Ex, this musical compendium features more than 250 pieces: a mixture of lyrics, poetry, and political ranting. The Ex is an internationally acclaimed Dutch group that blurred the lines between indie, punk, and underground music. Fans of this influential band will gain insight into the meaning behind their provocative songs and find inspiration in these outspoken and thought-provoking words. An introduction by Sok that describes the process of writing lyrics and his development as a writer is also included.


"There has always been space in The Ex's music, space filled by singer G.W. Sok with socially engaged lyrics, which, from the very start, transcend by far the sloganesque tongue of most of his punk peers." —HUMO

"G.W. Sok's lyrics probably seem more relevant to the band’s American fans than they ever have." —Dusted Magazine

"Lyrics with insightful socio-political standpoints. They are influential, provocative, creative, perceptive, and above all defy categorization. Everything punk & art intended to be from the start prior to being commodified." —KJFC

"Lyrically, The Ex is also in a class of its own. This is rebel punk's finest hour.” —SF Weekly

"Deep intellectual analysis of geopolitics and fearless insertion of their socio-anarchist perspective is a bold, defining path drawn by The Ex. Few of their peers, either in their nascent days in the late '70s and early '80s, or now amidst all the emo-punk caterwaulers, have equaled this loud, defiant cry." —

"The texts are sometimes explicitly political, sometimes venomous, and in a very personal way close to the skin of the zeitgeist. But always intelligent and committed." —OOR (Holland), (April 19, 2012)

"While the band was always experimenting with the music, G.W. Sok was doing the same with the lyrics of the songs, without losing the big picture. A must for The Ex fans and also a good inspiration not only for your average band singer." —Trust (Germany), (April 2012)

Author Biography

G. W. Sok is the cofounder of the music group The Ex and was their vocalist and lyricist from 1979 to 2009. Together the group played close to 1,400 concerts and released 25 albums. John Robb is a musician and the author of Death to Trad Rock, The Nineties, The North Will Rise Again, and Punk Rock: An Oral History.