- Flexibound: 600 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition (December 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606993631
- ISBN-13: 978-1606993637
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Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film Flexibound – December 6, 2010
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"I wasn't expecting to be blown away by Destroy All Movies!!! I was sure I would get tired of reading it after a few pages. The opposite happened -- I got hooked and couldn't stop." --Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
"A product of the tireless DIY work ethic: It is one of the most painstaking books ever written on punk rock...a volume with both intellectual relevance and deep entertainment value." --Sam McPheeters, BookForum
"An exhaustive work every bit as brash and entertaining as its subject matter. If you fail to purchase a copy, post-apocalyptic punk rock bikers will kick your door down and ram their fists down your throat." --Todd Brown, Twitch
"...insanely genius and improbably comprehensive..." --PopMatters
“..[I]ntelligent, pointed and funny... characterized also by a fresh perspective… an absolute gem, inspired in its three-color design…”
- Oliver Nöding, Filmgazette (translated from German)
From the Inside Flap
Foreword by Richard Hell
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The reviewing of the different entries is quite colloquial at times, and pretty opinionated. Sometimes a bit off the mark if one does not share the sense of humor, but more often than not it is entertaining enough and allows for a curious volume to consult when looking for a movie.
There might be a few glaring omissions in terms of precedents regarding the culture, and apparently if one is a connoisseur of it he emphasis on some authors over others might also be controversial, but short of that knowledge this feels like a good collection to bridge the gap and reinstate a significant part of contemporary culture.
Often referred to by casual fans of the burgeoning Alamo Drafthouse empire as "the one who's not Tim League or Lars Nilsen", Mr. Carlson is a savant of obscure genre movies, and as a programmer for both the Drafthouse and its phenomenally awesome Fantastic Fest, an annual film festival, he is becoming a tastemaker and a trendsetter. One who, in fact, would cross the street to punch me repeatedly in the face for even applying such moronic labels to him.
In this volume, Mr. Carlson and crew undertake to document every movie in which a punk or at least a gaudy new waver appears. You may very well ask why he is doing this. However, that question is itself a Zen koan, and hence both unanswerable and at the same time its own answer.
Punks pop up all over the place in the movies, and broadly speaking fall into one of several categories: 1) denizens of post-apocalyptic wastelands; 2) urban thugs threatening the mundanes; 3) background flavor to establish that the lead character is no longer in Kansas; 4) signifiers of the decay of decadent Western society. Almost invariably they fill the role of The Other--usually a threat to safety and order, but sometimes the misunderstood outsider who comments on the stifling and intolerant nature of modern conformist consumer culture.
This book is not, however, an academic treatise on the role of punks in film. Most entries simply note when a punk of one type or another shows up in the flick, or when a punk band is seen performing in the background. Often the authenticity of the punk will be discussed (with many being dismissed as being so wussy they'd be kicked out of Culture Club or savagely beaten at a John Denver concert). Essentially this is a series of alphabetically-organized capsule reviews of unrelated movies, interspersed with interviews that range from roughly two paragraphs to a page and a half. And it is copiously illustrated, with many photos being tinted in that punkest of colors, fuchsia.
I am one of the least punk people around, so I cannot comment on any of the judgments of the milieu that are rendered within this volume. However, I can say that most of the reviews, especially those written by Mr. Carlson, are delivered with considerable wit, and extremely amusing one-liners abound. Even if you fear and despise punks, this is a worthy collection to any cinephile's library just for the sheer amount of mockery the reviewers unleash. Even if Gary Groth is thanked in the acknowledgements. Ugh. He's one of my longtime arch-enemies. He knows why.
Destroy All Movies!!! (DAM) is not one of those books!!! DAM is a book that no one asked for, but thank Sweet Baby Cheevers that its authors, Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly, thought enough about their subject to honor us unworthy cinemaphiles with what will most likely be revered as one of the greatest film reference books this planet has ever known.
DAM attempts to chronicle every movie where a punk rocker is seen on screen and covers both films and made-for-TV movies released between 1974 and 1999. This is not one of them snobby, elitist tomes either! No genre is excluded; no stone is left unturned. If a punk rocker is seen on screen, he/she/it is in this book. Seriously!!! What other film reference book can you name that includes both "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls?" You can't because, until now, no other authors have had the cinematic strength, stamina, and irrationality that it takes to pull off a masterpiece like this. The authors and fifteen of their closest friends (no, I'm not one of them!) watched over 20,000 movies in half a decade to enable them to offer up this twisted dream made reality.
Not only does DAM detail over 1,000 movies, it offers a plethora of fantastic interviews with actors, directors, and punk rockers, many of whom are reclusive or just plain impossible to speak to...until now! I almost dropped my glass of Bovril when I read the interview with Carter Stevens! The DAM authors speak with many others including musicians John Doe from the band, X, and Keith Morris from the seminal punk bands, Black Flag and Circle Jerks, film makers Nick Zedd and Slava Tsukerman, and actors P.J. Soles and Lisa Langlois. There are too many interviews to list here, but the interviews alone are well worth the small price they are asking for this book.
And on top of everything else, the book is a visual feast. It contains hundreds of rare photos and movie poster reproductions that you can ogle as you read about "Geek Maggot Bingo" or "Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout." I cannot say enough about this great book. From the moment you open the cover, you realize it is a labor of love, and that is what separates this book from the hundreds of others sitting on the shelves of Borders, or Barnes and Noble. It is beautiful to look at, it is incredibly well researched, and the writing is some of the most entertaining verbiage that has ever been put on paper.
Buy it now!!!
Most recent customer reviews
The only fault, I now have a desire to see tons of films never released on home video.