BOOK CORNER #35: PUNKS
Now that the 1990s have been relegated to vintage territory, it could be fun to cast our eye a little further back, all the way to the punk era. And this collection edited by Julie Davis is the perfect excuse. Davis compiled gig reviews and interviews with a couple of dozen other punk bands such as The Ramones, Buzzcocks, and The Damned.
But never mind the content; the look of this book is what really caught our eye. It is presented as a fanzine, with typewritten copy, stenciled headers, corrections scrawled in by hand, raw black and white photography and an almost conversational tone. This is an unposed, unstyled snapshot of a generous and accessible musical genre for which performance matters as much as being in tune. So what changed? In the late 1970s, style was defined primarily by music (punk, ska, and later new wave), ideas, energy, and of course clothes and attitude. Style today tends to be disconnected from content and the 1970s are considered prehistoric.
"Punk", Julie Davis, 1977, 96 p. Published by Davison publishing, London.
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