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Punk Pioneers Hardcover – April 22, 2008

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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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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This book is excellent!! It covers early early punk scene in L.A. with photos! And the photos have comments on it!
The punk scene in 1976,1977,1978..it shows alot of good unusual pictures from then! Early photos from bands like X, The Germs, Screamers, The Weirdos and the Go Go's, K-Roq radio, the first wave of L.A. punk.
I wish it covered the early 80s punk scene, homeless street punks in Hollywood and The Plugz! I wish it showed pictures of the location where the clubs used to be...such as the Masque, Madame Wong's, the Starwood, Club 88, Stardust Ballroom. But it doesn't.
But the book is still good anyway! Jenny Lens did a good job! Maybe she'll come out with a Part 2 covering the second wave L.A. punk scene in the 80s??
If you grew up there in L.A. (like I did!!) then this book is for you!!! Get it!
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I was so Waiting for this Book! It does NOT disappoint!

Not only do you get Jenny's Iconic Pictures, you get some Personal anecdote's of her Insider's time in the scene. I talked once on the phone with her for over Two hours! We talked about it All & the Stories in the Book are the same to what she told me, 3 years earlier! before she could even Think about Making the Book! More is Coming!

Her Genuine Enthusiasm for the Scene & its Music & bands comes Right on through! Just Buy it!

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Being that I played a significant part in both being there and being in the book I thought it would make a nice gift to my cousin. I am happy to say the book arrived in perfect condition looked brand new!! So I was able to sign it and gift it to give her an idea of whaty life was like in the 76-80 days! I love the book maybe more so because Jenny is a dear friend and a great photojournalistic historian of the period... Or maybe just cuz it's like a kind of high school yearbook for me? Great Book great price great service!
Hellin Killer
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I love that this great book, full of amazingly candid early photos from some of the most influential musicians of the punk era, is $19.77!!! Thanks to Jenny Lens for documenting the folks that would become my heroes a few years later. I was a suburban LA 7th grader when punk started happening in Hollywood. I missed the first couple of years but finally caught up in 1979, idolizing a lot of the subjects in this book. Thanks for having the prescience and art power to make this book happen! I LOVE IT!
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