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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315892
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If the rise of "punk" heralded the decline of Western Civilization, through Lens' compassionate eye it doesn't look that way." ~Black Book

About the Author

Jenny Lens earned a BA in Art from California State University and MFA in Design from Cal Arts. Her iconic and often uncredited shots are rarely exhibited, but are in demand more than ever. Her photos have been published internationally since 1976 in legendary fanzines such as Slash, Flipside, and Back Door Man, in mainstream magazines Creem, Rolling Stone, Spin, and NME, Melody Maker, and MOJO in England, and have been featured in documentaries including American Hardcore, Punk: Attitude, and Ramones Too Tough to Die.

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It has become my new "coffee table" book!
Cherie Penguin
Jenny Lens is an amazing artist, and these photos are fantastic works of art.
R. Patronette
It covers early early punk scene in L.A. with photos!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Velasquez on August 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jenny documented the work of artists from all backgrounds and ethnicities. She was one of a handful who documented the early Hollywood punk scene, which was pretty well integrated. Jenny was never afraid of me and that's saying something, because lots of people were. The Vex and the Hollywood scene did not happen at the same time and those who attempt to distort history by lumping them together are making a big mistake.

Punk Pioneers by Jenny Lens is far and away the most awesome coffee table quality book about the early punk scene. It contains an incredible range of artists that were around during punk's conception, birth, and childhood. Its scope is much broader and helps the reader understand where punk was coming from and what was going on in the parallel musical universes of bands like Van Halen and artists like Bob Marley. I think this aspect of Jenny's book is really important, because as I've said time and time again, seeing early punk in isolation does not really convey how far it was from the mainstream nor does it acknowledge the influences of what came before it. Jenny's book acknowledges the New York punk and early glam bands that set the stage for what would become a unique West Coast cultural movement. Punk Pioneers cements Jenny's status as punk photography's Alpha Bitch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Penguin on May 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is the bomb!I like the book because it shows the musicians (and fans) in impromptu settings,which creates an air of being there.I like the large photo layout and the fact that there is not too much text to distract the reader from focusing on what's going on in the photos.It has become my new "coffee table" book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Artifix Greg on May 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Artifix Greg: "I was on Amazon and I saw that your book is finally coming out! Great news there!!!!! You've inspired us at Artifix Records with your work and friendship. You have produced an amazing body of work and you will be remembered forever. I see the name Jenny Lens popping up so much now! In just a few short years, you have really re-established yourself and you are the top dog! Congratulations!" -from an e-mail sent to Jenny Lens from Artifix Records
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William T. Ayres on April 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I waited 32 years for Any book from Jenny Lens ! "Punk Pioneers" is a MUST-Have . Go to jennylens.com and see sample photos first! I was so excited to see so many people i knew who No One ever writes about , For years i've been telling her and everyone that Jenny Lens took the most and Best photos of that scene . "Punk Pioneers' Proves it . I met Jenny at the first Ramones L.A. shows in August 1976 , I saw her at All the partys and shows . She was funny and kind , And gave me some Ramones prints . I called her the minute my book arrived . Whenever i talked about someone or an event , She described a photo from that event , We laughed and talked for hours , sharing stories. I grew up with Bowie [ my late father helped in his early career in the U.S. ] , Iggy, Rodney Bingenheimer and so many from the early Glitter to early Punk days, Jenny Lens' photos bring back so many memories of those fun early Punk days . The Ramones , The Clash , The Sex Pistols , The Germs , X, Iggy Pop or even The Rolling Stones and rarely heard or scene bands like the Screamers ,Bags , Weirdos and Levi And The Rockats, And parties and more . She writes about the bands too , Not just the photos . It's about time , Jenny !! . I wish she had more money to dig out more of her photos and do more books , I just ordered two more copys of this book for friends ,, Well Done ,, Billy Ayres
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon C. Cockrill on June 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Aside from Frank Grimes cries of racism (yawn - read his other book reviews which contain the same EXACT, ludicrous accusations) ... keep in mind, he's 100% incorrect: Jenny is the least racist person I know, and the other positive reviews regarding her recent book are spot on! Punk Pioneers is a truly fantastic collection of writing and pictures from one of LA punk's greatest artists. Unfortunately, the early LA punk scene always took a back seat to New York and England; which no doubt, is a shame. When one fast forwards to over 3 decades later, it's easy to see LA punk may have actually had a bigger impact on the music scene than its east coast and trans Atlantic counterparts. Jenny's book gives LA its due credit, and captures the essence of this creative, unique, and influential scene. In addition, it includes excellent shots of NY and the UK. I've been waiting for Jenny's book for years; I've always considered her the greatest photographer / punk historian there is. This book validates that view: these amazing photographs breathe life back into the days of old. I put on a compilation of 70's punk, turned the cell phone off, and allowed Jenny to take me on an incredible journey ... what a trip!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Patronette on May 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jenny Lens is an amazing artist, and these photos are fantastic works of art. Thank you so much, Jenny, for doing what you did. This book comes out at precisely the right time, to document this wonderful history in which all of the LA punks were fortunate enough to share. Jenny was selfless in her efforts to document this slice of LA history. We all owe her a debt of gratitude for the personal sacrifice she undertook to bring us this seminal document of the LA punk scene. It was a long time coming, but worth the wait because the result is something that will last forever. For all of those who were there, survivors of the LA punk scene, and for all those who passed, whose images you have immortalized, we thank you. YOU ROCK!

--Wyline
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