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Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy Hardcover – October 1, 2007
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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About the Author
Thurston Moore is an artist, poet, and musician. He is a founding member of Sonic Youth, and the editor of a book Mixtape: The Art of Cassette Culture.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found Punk House to be one of the most beautiful, colorful depictions of punk life that I've seen outside of the zine world. Living in and visiting some of these houses, they certainly don't feel as vibrantly alive as Abby Banks' photography makes them appear. I was looking over one photo of dirty dishes with a vegan cookbook,mostly torn apart from overuse, and it made me fall in love with the punks again (not that I ever fell out of love, but like you would a lover who you see in a new light after years of relationship).
So much heart is captured in this book, and so much life. Fleeting life.
It says somewhere in these pages that 90% of the houses photographed are now gone. Maybe not the house itself, but the people inside and what made it a punk house in the first place-punks.
So few think to document their lives, thinking that they'll remember or that there will always be time to take pictures. Then, as the years go by, they find that they'd wished they'd at least had a few momentos of a time gone by. Abby Banks took the pictures for us and presented them in a tasteful manner, with permission of those featured, that captures an ongoing moment, a piece of our history, and a slice of life that is usually marginalized at best.
Punks don't need to see their pictures in print to know they matter. But it doesn't hurt sometimes. Hassled by the power structures that make our lives somewhat on the fringe, we need few reminders that much about our way of life is fleeting.
I lived in one of the houses featured in this book and had no fewer than 50 roommates over 8 years (not including a dozen or so dogs, 4 cats, mice (some as pets and some living in the walls).Read more ›
A recent book tour (that took the author through many anarchist book stores,house shows, and food not bombs feedings) revealed how many people were not only satisfied with the work but also grateful that someone had taken the time and labor to document punk house culture in a tasteful and nonexploitive manner.
If this book has truly made a lot of people angry, I certainly haven't met them. Nor have I come across any "Beware of Corporate Zinester" bulletins. Perhaps its because most people who've read the book recognize it for what it is; an honest portrait of a unique cultural lifestyle. My guess is that these people have learned enough from 8 years of Karl Rove than to rely on unfounded accusations and "facts by implication".
Don't Believe the Hype!!! The book is the Real Deal!!!
"It is good to see you, my old friend," I heard someone say in a muffled voice. I looked around, but didn't see anyone nearby. All of the passengers had left the platform. Then suddenly the convertible's top began to slowly open, revealing the driver: a man with a top hat and a thick, well groomed handlebar mustache. I was confused, and to tell the truth, a bit scared, until I saw upon the dashboard, next to a tin of brilliantine and a box of Cuban cigars, a copy of PUNKHOUSE! I looked a little closer at the motorist. "Abby?" I exclaimed, now starting to recognize in this stranger a few familiar vestiges of the woman I once knew.
The jaw line.
It was her alright. With some hesitation I entered the passenger's side, and as I sat down Abby extended her left hand toward my chest with her pinky outstretched.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cool book but if I'd known there was little in writing, I might not have bought it. I love to read and in all I think the book had about six pages of writing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Egghead-8
This is an amazing photography book by the talented Abby Banks which shows the various squat houses and alternative dwellings. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by the mad nu
This book gave me TONS of ideas. I read it in an alternative clothing/book store about two years ago but couldn't afford it. So I bought it online cheap. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Brianna
Abby Banks, Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy (Abrams, 2007)
Ever since I began to be aware of them, I've had a very strong desire to live in a punk house. Read more
It seems this book has made a lot of people pretty angry. I lived at one of the houses in this book and nobody remembers actually giving permission to use these images in this... Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Chris Fitzpatrick