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ItemBook Review: Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History. Liam Warfield, Walter Crasshole, and Yony Leyser, eds. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2021. 224p. Paper, $18.00 (ISBN 9781629637969).(Association of College and Research Libraries, 2022-03) Adams, KevinQueercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History tells the stories of queer punk, primarily in North America from 1969 to 1999, by constructing a narrative from the movement’s media (zines, records, and films), personalities, politics, and activism. The book is a snapshot of voices from many perspectives across this period of queer punk, and the imagery and voices are as graphic, explicit, and colorful as you might expect. Queercore springs from hours of interviews that were conducted originally for a film by the same name created by Leyser. The book’s editors used the remaining footage and dialogue to put together this work. The messy nature of history and punk are embodied by the oral history’s chorus of diverging voices. They come together in this volume to form a cohesive narrative covering several key themes: 1) defining queercore; 2) the history of queercore from 1969 to 1999; and 3) the media that made the movement. This book is of value to LIS workers on multiple fronts, particularly in the context it provides for archivists and librarians who specialize in alternative information resources and subcultures. Additionally, the book lays out a variety of activist and antifascist strategies for creating space for marginalized voices, something library workers at all levels ought to prioritize. ItemSlavic, East European, and Eurasian Punk Alternative Publications: Challenges to Fugitive Materials(Taylor & Francis, 2021) Adams, KevinPunk scenes are complex and heterogeneous. They have always been prolific producers of physical documentation of their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. At the same time, these scenes have often existed on the margins, which has led to the creation of fugitive collections of self-documentation. In Slavic, East European and Eurasian (SEEE) countries, this documentation has historically taken the form of non-traditional music releases, zines, and samizdat. Due to the often-illegal nature of these creations, the materials did not find immediate homes in official repositories, and the fugitive materials experienced a covert diaspora initially across Eastern Europe and later across multiple continents. The author provides a case study of the current state of collections of non-traditionally published SEEE punk materials to highlight the challenges that face access and use of marginalized, diasporic collections. This paper provides a definition of punk in a SEEE context; offers a literature review to illustrate the discourse and collections that address Slavic and East European punk materials; draws connections between SEEE punk alternative publications and broader marginalized fugitive collections; describes obstacles faced by collections of Slavic punk materials; and concludes by way of recommendations for addressing these challenges in order to improve access and use.