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Raymond Pettibon: The Books 1978-1998 Paperback – November 15, 2000

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Reading “The Books: 1978-1998” from cover to cover is a rush….encapsulates one in a…Fantastic Voyage through Pettibon’s icon-infested brain. -- The Village Voice, February 27, 2001, by Dodie Bellamy

…sharp black & white drawings and funny comments…touches on all the usual suspects: death, murder, freaks, fights and... love stories. -- Dutch Magazine, January 2000 –Teddy Czopp

About the Author

Raymond Pettibon was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1957, and moved with his family shortly after to southern California. Graduating from U.C.L.A. with a degree in economics at the age of twenty, he taught mathematics in Los Angeles high schools, before devoting himself to being an artist. He became the unofficial in-house artist for the L.A. punk music scene of the late 1970s and early 80s as his brother Greg Ginn was lead guitarist of the band Black Flag and founder of SST records. His early drawings were distributed through self-published photocopied booklets and sold for one or two dollars. A retrospective exhibition of his work has recently traveled to major museums in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He lives and works in Hermosa Beach, California.

Roberto Ohrt was born in 1954 in Chile. He has co-edited several art magazines and co-founded the academy Isotrop in Hamburg. Previous credits include the publication Phantom Avant-Garde, about the Situationist International. He lives and works as an art critic and curator in Hamburg.

Uwe Koch (b. 1967) is currently working on a definitive Artist's Books Bibliography, covering the last half of this century, to be published by Walther Knig in 2001. He lives and works as a freelance graphic designer in Cologne. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891024183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891024184
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,519,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
A few years ago, Quimby's books in Chicago had a whole bunch of these little digest-sized, xerox-produced, hand stapled booklets by Raymond Pettibon. I never bought any, and always regretted it. Some savvy art-speculator probably snatched up the whole lot. They were selling them for a dollar or two each, and now they go for hundreds on the market. They were personally handmade by the great Pettibon himself, and thus qualified as actual Pettibon original artworks. Anyway, I missed my chance to get any of these--not necessarily to profit from them, just to, y'know, have 'em--but here is your chance(I've already got it) to have a near-complete collection. The books are presented actual size (approx. 8.5"x5.5"), arranged chronologically, each issue complete with front and back covers, and a detailed bibliography at the end. Aging punkers will probably recognize some of this stuff from their SST record covers and gig flyers, but there's alot of stuff I had never seen before. Truly, truly great.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darby Clymer on March 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is Raymond Pettibon complete works from 1978-1978. If you never heard of Raymond Pettibon he was the in-house artist for SST records. He's done art work for Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and the Minutemen. His artwork looks at the social and political confusion of life. Pettibon's artwork consist of somewhat viloent imagery but with a twist of humor. Anyone that has a since of humor will love Pettibon's artwork.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This has all the great early Pettibon images, as seen in his
renowned 'zines from the early 1980's. It is worth getting, and
is all you need when it comes to early Pettibon. Very Powerful
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