Punk rock has definitely left its mark on culture. Although many of us weren't alive to remember the mid-’70s’ golden age of anarchy, a museum exhibit and two new books relive the rebellious time of music, fashion, and general chaos.
In Punk Pioneers,
Jenny Lens documents legendary icons against West Coast backdrops from 1976 to 1980. Candid images include Joey Ramone relaxing poolside in San Francisco, Iggy Pop painting in the Hollywood Hills, and Blondie tearing off her wedding dress onstage in Los Angeles. Lens even manages to photograph the Go-Gos before they became pop sensations in the early ’80s (yes, they were a punk band). The aptly named Lens certainly knows her subjects.
On the East coast, Thurston Moore and Byron Coley have compiled No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980
, a closer look at the literati of the movement—David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Brian Eno, and Richard Hell—mixed with the other artists and filmmakers of the time such as Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Kunsthalle Gallery, Punk. No One is Innocent
is an exhibition that visits three punk metropolises: Berlin, London, and New York. On display until September 7th are flyers, record sleeves, manifestos, photographs, and fashion pieces, presenting the punk movement more as a lifestyle, rather than just a music genre. Works from Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren, and Robert Mapplethorpe are among some of the highlights, proving punk is still making noise.