Hoooo-leeee-crap! From the moment I heard that this book was coming out, I was freaking out about it. I swear this thing was tailor-made for me. Punk rock and movies are among the most important things in my life, so a book that explores the intersection of the two is simply mind-blowing in my little world.
Well, here it is and consider my mind blown! The work that has gone into this thing is nothing short of colossal! Think about it. How many punks in film can you think of? Sure, the core classics come to mine right off the bat. Class of 1984, Suburbia, Decline of Western Civilization, Sid and Nancy, Return of the Living Dead… The editors here have written up thousands of films. Thousands. Movies from all over the world. If a movie had a punk rocker in it—no matter how factually incorrect that punker may be—these guys have found it, watched it, and reviewed it.
The book itself is beautiful with lots of color pages with posters and stills from many of the movies. There are interviews with many of the directors, producers, actors, and punk rockers involved. There seems to be no end in sight to the encyclopedic knowledge of punks on film that this book spews forth.
Being a bit of a geek when it comes to both punk and movies, I do have a couple of nit picky things, but nothing too serious. The work that they put in on this thing is enough to give them a pass on some of the few things I disagree with. This is the kind of book that I can obsess over forever and ever. Thanks guys! (Fantagraphics Books 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115)