Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978-1991

Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978-1991


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Iconic and never-before-seen images of punk and post-punk’s quintessential bands

In the late 70s, punk rock music began to evolve into the post-punk and new wave movements that dominated until the early 90s. During this time, prolific photographer and filmmaker Michael Grecco was in the thick of things, documenting the club scene in places like Boston and New York, and getting shots on- and backstage with bands such as The Cramps, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads, Human Sexual Response, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, the Ramones, and many others. Grecco captured in black and white and color the raw energy, sweat, and antics that characterized the alternative music of the time. Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991 features stunning, never-before-seen photography from this iconic period in music. In addition to concert photography, he also shot album covers and promotional pieces that round out this impressively extensive photo collection. Featuring a foreword from Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, Punk, Post Punk, New Wave is a quintessential piece of music history for anyone looking for backstage access into the careers of punk and post punk’s most beloved bands.

Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe

You can feel the intensity in every shot collected…


…a heavyweight, gorgeously visual tome for the coolest of coffee tables.

LA Weekly

…like so many great eyes of his time, the punk rock scene of the late 70’s and 80’s, on both coasts, helped formulate his artistic individualism. Now that heady decade and a half are collected not only in his camera, but in the lavish new coffee table book…


Acclaimed photographer Michael Grecco brings us back to the chaotic energy of punk rock era in the late 70s to early 90s…

Cool Hunting

Whether an action shot from the stage wing or a quiet backstage portrait, the photographs provide another perspective on the bands and musicians that defined the energy, chaos, grit and creativity of punk, post-punk and new wave.


In 162 gorgeous color and black-and-white photos, Grecco takes readers back to a vibrant bygone era as his camera captures the performers' raw energy and outrageousness both onstage and off.

Kirkus Reviews

A photographic document of a critical pocket of the American punk scene in all its brash and seedy glory.

Boston—home turf for photographer Grecco, whose work from the late 1970s through mid-’80s is showcased here—was an underrated punk and new wave epicenter. It boasted its own top-tier acts—most prominently, the Cars and ’Til Tuesday—and was often where U.S. and U.K. acts kicked off their tours. So one pleasure of this collection is that it spotlights a host of major artists in the early stages of their careers: Elvis Costello, the Plasmatics, New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and more. Because most of the venues they played were smaller clubs, Grecco captures a distinctly uninhibited, before-they-were-famous vibe, shooting his subjects goofing off in grimy dressing rooms, snorting cocaine, or lounging in radio stations. The concert photos show Grecco’s knack for making his subjects look larger than life; shots of the Ramones and the Dead Kennedys have a live-wire energy, and Public Image Ltd’s John Lydon looks at once manic and imposing. Somewhat oddly, Grecco chooses to arrange his photos by venue, which gives a sense of the size and relative sleaziness of each club but little other information. (Frustratingly, captions are largely absent, though presumably any interested reader would recognize most performers on sight.) In the later pages, Grecco captures the Clash at the height of their fame and David Bowie at Foxboro Stadium (“It was the only time I saw him, but it was still magical”). Introductory essays by the B-52s’ Fred Schneider and longtime journalist Jim Sullivan set the scene well, convincingly positioning Boston as “a microcosm for a youthquake that was happening in cities across America, England, and Europe."

A ramshackle set of rock portraits, charming though stingy with context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419748547
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 182,575
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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