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

December 28, 2020

8 great coffee table books - Newsday

Just like the beverage they’re associated with, coffee table books should be rich, satisfying and stimulating. With eye-popping photos and graphics that are the signature of a handsome coffee table book, these eight works are the cream of the crop.

Local talents including Joan Jett and The Ramones helped define the rock scene of the late ’70s and ’80s, so it’s no surprise to find them along with The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Talking Heads and many others in photojournalist Michael Grecco’s mesmerizing musical time capsule. 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. And break out the “Rock Lobster”: the foreword is by Fred Schneider of The B-52s.