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The Best of Punk Magazine Hardcover – December 18, 2012
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The anthology is packed tighter than CBGB in the 70s on a Saturday night, with incredible interviews...art, comics, rants, killer photos, and behind-the-scenes commentary and backstory on each issue from Holmstrom. It’s not just the history of the magazine...it conjures up the spirit of an era. (Vanity Fair)
“If you’re a punk fan, I’d say this hardcover is pretty essential to your collection.” (USA Today's Pop Candy)
“While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would have to spit a gob in appreciation of the nicely done result.” (Houston Press)
“The Best of Punk is a funny, visually-stimulating time capsule commemorating the first music periodical of its kind: A subversive, savvy, often-imitated street-intellectual art showcase for punk rock purveyors at the dawn of the Eighties.” (Examiner.com)
“Though it only existed from 1976-1980, Punk Magazine captured the zeitgeist of New York’s punk music scene as it emerged from a few ramshackle clubs (most notably CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City) to the national and international stage.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
From the Back Cover
Launched in 1976, Punk magazine announced an exploding youth movement, a new direction in American counterculture. Punk was to magazines what the stage at CBGB was to music: the gritty, live-wired, throbbing center of the punk universe. Despite its low-rent origins, the mag was an overnight success in the underground music scene, selling out every print run across the US and UK. Every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became an icon of the era. But Punk not only championed music, it became a launching pad for writers, artists, cartoonists, and graphic designers. And the wacky, sardonic, slapstick vibe of the magazine resonated with an international army of music fanatics who were ready to burn their bell bottoms and stage-dive into the punk universe.
The Best of Punk Magazine collects the best of these pages into the ultimate, must-have anthology:
- Interviews with the Ramones, Sex Pistols, John Cale and Brian Eno
- Photos by Roberta Bayley David Godlis, and Bob Gruen
- Cartoons by R. Crumb, Bobby London, and John Holmstrom
- The articles that formed the groundwork for Please Kill Me, the legendary oral history of punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
- Two "graphic novels"—The Legend of Nick Detroit and Mutant Monster Beach Party—told through photographs featuring Debbie Harry, Joey Ramone, Richard Hell, Andy Warhol, Peter Wolf, and David Johansen
The Best of Punk Magazine is a must-have for people who love punk rock music, comics, fanzines, Blondie, the Ramones, Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground, the Sex Pistols, and the legendary CBGB scene.
Top Customer Reviews
I always loved John's "take" on how a publication could look and be. One of the things that I found really interesting about the original publication was how Holmstrom always seemed willing to go out on a limb with the format and layout. Sometimes, it was a newspaper. Other times it was like a comic book or even a big coloring book. The writing was always great and funny,...the art was always eye-catching and entertaining. Not to mention the fact that it covered every aspect of the emerging "punk" scene, in a way that no other Rock & Roll publication out there, at the time, was covering it and included, virtually, every artist out there. The vibe was always a little smart-assed and cool.
I'd look back at my old issues, through the years and wish that there was a big art book of that material that I could pull off of the shelf to peruse. Now, thanks to John Holmstrom and his partner in crime, the incredibly attractive, Ms. Bridget Hurd,...I have that book. It has size and it has weight AND it has the very best of Punk Magazine! Not only does it have that, but at the core of this tome is Holmstrom's biography of the magazine. How it got started, who started it, the various players involved with the publication throughout the years,...the whole roller coaster ride. John's known, throughout the world as a ground breaking artist/cartoonist, but I've always enjoyed his easy-going writing style as much as his art. So, it's nice to see so much of it in one place.Read more ›
There is a lot of material on Debbie Harry from Blondie, which is classic stuff. She was obviously as cool as she appeared to be. It wasn't an act! There's also a ton of cool stuff on Iggy Pop, The Ramones (of course) and other Punk-ish celebs of the time like David Johansen. Edward "Legs" McNeil comes off looking like the polished turd everyone in NYC knows he is.
The quality of this big, heavy book is high, with a solid cover, nice paper and lots of pictures, drawings and magazine reproductions. Some of J. Holmstrom's old cartoon work is very cool, too.
Something I like about this book is that you can open it randomly to any page and there is something funny to look at.
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Everything you ever wanted to know about Punk Magazine but were afraid to ask. This is one of the best anthology table books I have come across in a long time and covers the rise of punk in New York City. I wanted to be Debbie Harry in 1977, worshiped the Ramones and hung on any shred of information I could get while growing up in Los Angeles in the midst of a hair metal. I still have my Blondie button "we are a group" and my Ramone's shirt. This book brought back so many memories of that time period. There is the infamous Warhol cartoons reproduced and you can spend hours getting lost in the pages. I used to beg any one going to NYC to bring these zines to me and it is nice to have everything in one wonderful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is coolest book. I love Mutant Monster Beach Party and all the funny little do-it-yourself songs.Published 16 months ago by kimberlyn mcgarry
Bought this book as a gift for friends of mine. they were very pleased with it.Published 19 months ago by M. Carlson
If you have any interest in this subject you must own this.
the Lou Reed and David Johansen interviews are true classics.
Not a definitive work on the NYC music scene, but it does provide an excellent view into the CBGB-related band scene. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Dennis L. B.
For some crazy reason I thought these would be the full issues. What were they, 16 pages each?
Still, very nicely printed and bound, and some great content.