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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Original edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061958352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061958359
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This coffee-table book cherry-picks from the archive: a Patti Smith Q&A, a carton strip (with real photos) starring Lester Bangs, and a two-page centerfold of Debbie Harry, who’s billed as ‘Punk Playmate of the Month.’” (Rolling Stone, 4 Star Review)

The anthology is packed tighter than CBGB in the 70s on a Saturday night, with incredible interviews...art, comics, rants, killer photos, and behind-the-scenes commentary and backstory on each issue from Holmstrom. It’s not just the history of the magazine...it conjures up the spirit of an era. (Vanity Fair)

“If you’re a punk fan, I’d say this hardcover is pretty essential to your collection.” (USA Today's Pop Candy)

“While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would have to spit a gob in appreciation of the nicely done result.” (Houston Press)

“The Best of Punk is a funny, visually-stimulating time capsule commemorating the first music periodical of its kind: A subversive, savvy, often-imitated street-intellectual art showcase for punk rock purveyors at the dawn of the Eighties.” (Examiner.com)

“Though it only existed from 1976-1980, Punk Magazine captured the zeitgeist of New York’s punk music scene as it emerged from a few ramshackle clubs (most notably CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City) to the national and international stage.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

From the Back Cover

Launched in 1976, Punk magazine announced an exploding youth movement, a new direction in American counterculture. Punk was to magazines what the stage at CBGB was to music: the gritty, live-wired, throbbing center of the punk universe. Despite its low-rent origins, the mag was an overnight success in the underground music scene, selling out every print run across the US and UK. Every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became an icon of the era. But Punk not only championed music, it became a launching pad for writers, artists, cartoonists, and graphic designers. And the wacky, sardonic, slapstick vibe of the magazine resonated with an international army of music fanatics who were ready to burn their bell bottoms and stage-dive into the punk universe.

The Best of Punk Magazine collects the best of these pages into the ultimate, must-have anthology:

  • Interviews with the Ramones, Sex Pistols, John Cale and Brian Eno
  • Photos by Roberta Bayley David Godlis, and Bob Gruen
  • Cartoons by R. Crumb, Bobby London, and John Holmstrom
  • The articles that formed the groundwork for Please Kill Me, the legendary oral history of punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  • Two "graphic novels"—The Legend of Nick Detroit and Mutant Monster Beach Party—told through photographs featuring Debbie Harry, Joey Ramone, Richard Hell, Andy Warhol, Peter Wolf, and David Johansen

The Best of Punk Magazine is a must-have for people who love punk rock music, comics, fanzines, Blondie, the Ramones, Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground, the Sex Pistols, and the legendary CBGB scene.

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Great coffee table book.
D. Morrical
If you're a fan of the N.Y. scene of the 70's this is a must for you.
Smitty
Just in time for the birthday it was intended for last year!
Lynn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert R on December 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Here it is: a gigantic, mind-numbing, explosive, hypnotic assemblage of all things PUNK, created by a group of talented artists in 70's NYC, when PUNK was THE music and CBGBs was THE club. The entire magazine was hand-lettered and hand-drawn, with astounding reviews, absorbing interviews, iconic photographs, and knock-down, laugh-out-loud cartoons, fumettis, gags and parodies. If you are a "child of the 70s" or know one, this HUGE HEAVYWEIGHT COFFEE TABLE-DESTROYING BOOK is an absolute MUST!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on December 20, 2012
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I purchased this before it was available. It finally arrived...a year later. Just in time for the birthday it was intended for last year! lol The release date kept being put off. That was somewhat irritating. But after receiving I have to say the quality and content of the book is excellent. Receiver is thrilled!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Smitty on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've been waiting a year at least for this book to come out. My girlfriend preordered it for me when we heard it was being released & I was really happy to open it on my birthday December 29th 2012. The book brings back so many memories of my mispent youth. I always loved Bosko & Joe in Bananas magazine when I was really young, then came The Ramones & it was all over. They did a great job of putting the original magazine into a hardcover book. Almost all of the originals are represented here. If you're a fan of the N.Y. scene of the 70's this is a must for you. If your not then get it for a friend or family member, they'll thank you for it forever. I know I'll be thanking my girlfriend everytime I pick it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Taylor on April 17, 2013
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I worked for John Holmstrom and Punk Magazine as an artist, back in the Seventies. So, bear that in mind as you read this. I reckon if you're reading reviews for this book, that you have some idea of what it's about. So, I'll skip all that.
I always loved John's "take" on how a publication could look and be. One of the things that I found really interesting about the original publication was how Holmstrom always seemed willing to go out on a limb with the format and layout. Sometimes, it was a newspaper. Other times it was like a comic book or even a big coloring book. The writing was always great and funny,...the art was always eye-catching and entertaining. Not to mention the fact that it covered every aspect of the emerging "punk" scene, in a way that no other Rock & Roll publication out there, at the time, was covering it and included, virtually, every artist out there. The vibe was always a little smart-assed and cool.
I'd look back at my old issues, through the years and wish that there was a big art book of that material that I could pull off of the shelf to peruse. Now, thanks to John Holmstrom and his partner in crime, the incredibly attractive, Ms. Bridget Hurd,...I have that book. It has size and it has weight AND it has the very best of Punk Magazine! Not only does it have that, but at the core of this tome is Holmstrom's biography of the magazine. How it got started, who started it, the various players involved with the publication throughout the years,...the whole roller coaster ride. John's known, throughout the world as a ground breaking artist/cartoonist, but I've always enjoyed his easy-going writing style as much as his art. So, it's nice to see so much of it in one place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on March 12, 2013
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MY THOUGHTS

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Everything you ever wanted to know about Punk Magazine but were afraid to ask. This is one of the best anthology table books I have come across in a long time and covers the rise of punk in New York City. I wanted to be Debbie Harry in 1977, worshiped the Ramones and hung on any shred of information I could get while growing up in Los Angeles in the midst of a hair metal. I still have my Blondie button "we are a group" and my Ramone's shirt. This book brought back so many memories of that time period. There is the infamous Warhol cartoons reproduced and you can spend hours getting lost in the pages. I used to beg any one going to NYC to bring these zines to me and it is nice to have everything in one wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By windy on March 2, 2013
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A huge heavy tome packed with great pictures and articles. Being focused on the US scene there are nice early snaps of Debbie Harry,and other emerging artists of '76. excellent buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ignatius Reilly on February 16, 2013
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This is really a monumental compendium of PUNK magazine and what they accomplished during their short run. John Holmstrom's chapter notes are super entertaining and I felt like I got to know some of the personalities involved in the making of PUNK magazine. I really enjoyed it. I definitely learned that it was a damn miracle that the mag got published at all.

There is a lot of material on Debbie Harry from Blondie, which is classic stuff. She was obviously as cool as she appeared to be. It wasn't an act! There's also a ton of cool stuff on Iggy Pop, The Ramones (of course) and other Punk-ish celebs of the time like David Johansen. Edward "Legs" McNeil comes off looking like the polished turd everyone in NYC knows he is.

The quality of this big, heavy book is high, with a solid cover, nice paper and lots of pictures, drawings and magazine reproductions. Some of J. Holmstrom's old cartoon work is very cool, too.

Something I like about this book is that you can open it randomly to any page and there is something funny to look at.
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