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Ramones album cover designer and Punk magazine co-founder John Holmstrom launches this raucous, star-studded, anarchic look at a magazine that defined an era. Featuring live music and special guests.
About The Best of Punk Magazine:
In the tradition of Please Kill Me, THE BEST OF PUNK MAGAZINE is a raucous, star-studded, anarchic look at a magazine that defined an era: Punk magazine—lovingly collected with behind-the-scenes stories from founding editor John Holmstrom.
Launched in 1976, Punk magazine announced an exploding youth movement, a new direction in American counterculture. Punk was to magazines what the stage at CBGB was to music: the gritty, live-wired, throbbing center of the punk universe. Despite its low-rent origins, the magazine was an overnight success in the underground music scene, selling out every print run across the US and the UK. Every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became an icon of the era. But Punk not only championed music, it became a launching pad for writers, artists, cartoonists, and photographers. And the wacky, sardonic, slapstick vibe of the magazine resonated with an international army of music fanatics who were ready to burn their bell bottoms and stage-dive into the punk universe.
THE BEST OF PUNK MAGAZINE—which includes one previously unseen “lost issue”—collects the best of these pages into the ultimate, must-have anthology, including:
- Interviews with the Ramones, Sex Pistols, John Cale, and Brian Eno
- Photos by Roberta Bayley, David Godlis, and Bob Gruen
- Cartoons by R. Crumb, Bobby London, and John Holmstrom
- The articles that formed the groundwork for Please Kill Me, the legendary oral history of punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
- Two “graphic novels”—The Legend of Nick Detroit and Mutant Monster Beach Party—told through photographs featuring Debbie Harry, Joey Ramone, Richard Hell, Andy Warhol, Peter Wolf, and David Johansen
- And much, much more
About 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.