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Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk brings to life the unprecedented musical and artistic energy of the Los Angeles punk scene from 1976 to 1982.

Fueled by ambivalence to the prevailing cultural climate under Reagan, musicians, artists, writers, photographers, and a diverse audience joined together to produce a flourishing punk community. This book includes many images by photographers on the scene as well as reproductions of flyers, magazines, 45s, albums, posters, and other ephemera.

Documenting the edgy angst of the local performance art scene are photographs of Johanna Went, the Kipper Kids, and a legendary 1978 performance by Viennese Actionist Herman Nitsch. Also included are texts by Slash magazine editor Claude Bessy; a conversation with Exene Cervenka and John Dae of the band X; and a timeline that juxtaposes the highlights of punk with the low points of popular culture and news-of-the-day.

Designed by Steve Samiof, the original publisher and designer of Slash magazine.

Author: Claude Bessy
Publisher: Smart Art Press
Pages: 96pp
Size: 7.75 x 7.75
Note: softcover, full color, out of print, as-is
Release Date: February 2000
ISBN: 978-1889195445