The Best of Punk Magazine

The Best of Punk Magazine

by John Holmstrom
     
 

The very best of Punk—the legendary magazine thatdefined an era—finds new life in this stunning anthology, featuring originalarticles along with behind-the-scenes commentary and the backstory on eachissue as told by editor-in-chief John Holmstrom. Punkwas the Bible of the urban counterculture movement. It not only gave punkmusic its name,

Overview

The very best of Punk—the legendary magazine thatdefined an era—finds new life in this stunning anthology, featuring originalarticles along with behind-the-scenes commentary and the backstory on eachissue as told by editor-in-chief John Holmstrom. Punkwas the Bible of the urban counterculture movement. It not only gave punkmusic its name, but influenced the East Village art scene and steered the punkaesthetic and attitude. The Best of Punk Magazine includes high-qualityreprints of hard-to-find original issues, as well as rare and unseen photos,essays, interviews, and even handwritten contributions from the likes of AndyWarhol, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Lester Bangs,Legs McNeil, Lenny Kaye, and many more. For collectors, lifelong punks, andthose just discovering what punk is all about, this is the chance see thehistory of the movement come back to life.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Steven Heller
The Best of Punk Magazine…is the missing link in the flurry of books published over the past few years chronicling punk music and art…the magazine, along with a few other publications, was the glue that held the scene together and gave the movement the grounding to be more than a gaggle of disparate bands…The magazine was not beautiful in the conventional design sense, but it was seminal, as this collection illustrates.
Publishers Weekly
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. With its quirky, sardonic style, the publication paired a DIY aesthetic with brash cynicism: Among its stated goals was to proclaim "Death to Disco Shit," while providing essential early coverage of the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Blondie, among others. Holmstrom- one of the co-founders alongside notable rock journalist Legs McNeil-employed an underground comic strip, semi-collaged approach to many of the magazine's features and interviews, which culminated in the creation of two underground star- studded graphic novel issues: "The Legend of Nick Detroit," starring Richard Hell, and "Mutant Monster Beach Party" which cast Debbie Harry and Joey Ramone as teenage lovers. More than just a fanzine, Punk also featured the work of underground comic luminaries such as Robert Crumb and Robert Romagnoli, as well as photographer Bob Gruen. Through it all, Holmstrom provides a candid account of the magazine's short-lived but explosive run: "We may not have invented the word punk," he writes, "but we put it on the map." Photos & illus. throughout.
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Rolling Stone
“This coffee-table book cherry-picks from the archive: a Patti Smith Q&A, a carton strip (with real photos) starring Lester Bangs, and a two-page centerfold of Debbie Harry, who’s billed as ‘Punk Playmate of the Month.’”
Vanity Fair
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.
USA Today's Pop Candy
“If you’re a punk fan, I’d say this hardcover is pretty essential to your collection.”
Houston Press
“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.”
Examiner.com
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061958359
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
614,582
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

John Holmstrom is a cartoonist and writer and co-founder (with Legs McNeil) of Punk magazine. He illustrated the covers of the Ramones albums Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin, and created the characters Bosko and Joe, which were published in Scholastic's Bananas magazine from 1975-1984, as well as in Stop! Magazine, Comical Funnies, Twist, and High Times. Holmstrom's work and unmistakable artistic style has become the key visual representation of the Punk era.

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