- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (September 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977282759
- ISBN-13: 978-0977282753
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CBGB: Decades of Graffiti Paperback – September 28, 2006
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What this superb little book celebrates is the atmosphere in which all of this history took place, a club notoriously filthy, whose owners invited the patrons to graffiti the walls, the floors, and especially the bathrooms. Photographer John Putnam has supplied designer/writer Salyers with gritty photos of the stage and the seats, the green rooms (where artists prepared before performing), the bathrooms with some of the most wonderfully vile language and demonstrations of man's ability to deface public property are at a peak, and the bar. The colors are rich and ludicrously dirty and the words left behind are scribblings by minds toked on drugs and loud music.
Is it pretty? No, but it is definitely art, if art reflects life. The form follows function here as well as any design team could approach a subject. The book is fascinating, a bit repulsive as graffiti is often meant to offend, and an art piece that makes the reader want to wash up after reading and perusing!Read more ›
This book is a testament to the building itself and the lives that passed through it. The graffiti that lines nearly every inch of space tells the history of the events that went on in there. It's a disgusting place. It's every inch a punk rock haven. This book gives a peek at what went on in there in it's 30+ year existence.
I never made it to CBGB during my punk years and I'm kind of glad I didn't, but I'm glad to have been given the opportunity to take a peek at it. In 2006 CBGB was closed for good to make way for upperscale establishments. This book is as close as anyone will ever be able to get to its history now.
The short text pieces that accompany the pictures give you a greater sense of being there and the pictures are gorgeous, even when they show you the disgusting side of the whole place. Anyone who has never been there and is curious to know what it was like should pick this up. Also, anyone who was lucky enough to have been there should get this as well. A souvenir to remind them throughout the years ahead.