“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))
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:
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.See all Editorial Reviews
This is coolest book. I love Mutant Monster Beach Party and all the funny little do-it-yourself songs.Published 4 months ago by kimberlyn mcgarry
Bought this book as a gift for friends of mine. they were very pleased with it.Published 6 months ago by M. Carlson
Exceeded expectations by far. If it's not a bound periodical of all the issues of Punk ever made, in their entirety, it sure looks and feels like one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scott Coblio
If you have any interest in this subject you must own this.
the Lou Reed and David Johansen interviews are true classics.
Not a definitive work on the NYC music scene, but it does provide an excellent view into the CBGB-related band scene. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dennis L. B.
For some crazy reason I thought these would be the full issues. What were they, 16 pages each?
Still, very nicely printed and bound, and some great content.