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If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, how lucky that a volume predicated on the visual art of punk can avoid the Moscow Ballet describing the Texas School Book Depository. Subtitled The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design, this boutique repository presents page after color-filled, eye-grabbing page of album covers, concert posters, band flyers, zines, and Xeroxed stickers from the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, and others as known and revered.” - Austin, TX Chronicle


“Russ Bestley and Alex Ogg contribute a deft introduction, short topical essays and captions. Interviews with familiar pioneers such as John Holmstrom, Jamie Reid, and Malcolm Garrett enrich the contents, along with lesser-known designers like LukTam89: this typifies the broader chronological and geographical scope that this edition emphasizes.” - PopMatters.com



“The text is engaging but as a coffee table book, the selling point is the graphics, which reveal the visual dimension of punk in all its brilliance and stupidity. Perhaps most fascinating are the illustrations from Iceland, Russia and other places less associated in memory with the birth of the movement.” - Milwaukee Express

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Abandon All Hope Ye Who Herein Enter . . .
 
Punk rock gave birth to an art movement that was far from appreciated at the time but soon became influential around the globe. This is the first book to chronicle the art of punk style, from concert posters and flyers to fanzines and record sleeves, T-shirts, buttons, comic books, and much more.
 
The story begins with the godfathers of punk—the Velvet Underground, MC5, the Ramones, New York Dolls, and Patti Smith—and the distinctive aesthetic these bands launched thanks to impresarios like Andy Warhol. Punk broke big in 1976 and 1977 with American and British groups such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, the Clash, the Germs, and more, and continues today with bands like Green Day and Rancid. The bands created a reactionary, do-it-yourself art designed to shock, amaze, and stand out from the blandness of the 1970s. This groundbreaking style continues to impact design, music, and fashion today.
 
This collection of more than 900 images is a rare look at punk design since so much of it was made as throwaway art and few originals have survived. The authors have collected an incredible gallery of images, plus interviews with the artists, poster designers, and musicians who were there on the frontlines of punk rock.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First Edition, First edition (October 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760344108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760344101
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nine hundred images, mostly record sleeves from many recalled or forgotten bands, illustrate this large-format presentation of the evolution, rise, and dominance of the punk aesthetic over the past forty-odd years. Russ Bestley and Alex Ogg contribute a deft introduction, short topical essays and captions. Interviews with familiar pioneers such as John Holmstrom, Jamie Reid, and Malcolm Garrett enrich the contents, along with lesser-known designers like LukTam89: this typifies the broader chronological and geographical scope that this edition emphasizes.

This range, from the counterculture of the early 1970s to the globalized anarchists and D.I.Y. provocateurs who continue the anti-corporate ideology far from the Broadway adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot or the shelves at the Hot Topic franchise, exemplifies the reach of a movement tired of the mainstream. But, it's a movement very eager, in many cases past and present, to court mass acceptance as well as media outrage, manufactured more often than genuine. Bestley and Ogg begin by covering terrain already trod by contributors to the interviews in Jon Savage's England's Dreaming and John Robb's Punk Rock: An Oral History (see my reviews of Savage's England Dreaming Tapes, Robb, and Nicholas Rombes' A Cultural Dictionary of Punk for three contexts). The analysis here fits into what has emerged as the conventional narrative. However, it expands the usual Malcolm McLaren-Vivienne Westwood-Situationists-Sex Pistols-Kings Road Chelsea chronology as it continues.
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I love this book. It was bought as a present for my neice and I read it front to back before wrapping it. It was nice to live a little in the past and also its a great gift to pass on to the next punk inthe family.
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This book is a work of art in itself. The writing and imagery are beautiful. A great addition to any punk enthusiasts' home library!
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This book is really cool, and very extensive. It's quite large and the photos are amazing, plus it features AGGRONAUTIX, my favorite company ever. Recommended for all fans of punk culture and the history of its fashion, art, and style!
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Bought this for my brother for Christmas and he loved it. He's really loves punk music and says theres a lot of bands he's never heard of in this book and looks forward to finding out more about them. Great artwork as well.
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This was a gift and being avid punk fans, they loved it. They raved over and over about the interior artwork.
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