Days of Punk | BOOK GALLERY
November 15, 2020
Punk’s Most Intimate Moments - Punktuation Magazine
New Book Shares Images of Punk’s Most Intimate Moments. Three decades of punk’s rebellious heart and soul has been captured in a revealing new book by photographer Michael Grecco. Acclaimed photographer Michael Grecco has brought the vitality, chaos and energy of late ’70s to early ’90s Punk in his newest collection of images, Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978-1991.
Grecco has brought together a collection of black-and-white images of bands that defined the punk rock genre, including The Slits, The Dead Kennedys, The Cramps and Billy Idol.
Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face doesn’t over analyse the punk movements political depths but rather captures the raw anarchy of the stage-front crowd and the back-stage debaucherous intimacies. Often the images as dissident as the music itself.
In the book Grecco retrospectively surmises what that time represented to so many: “Upon reflection, looking back forty years, you have to think, ‘Wow, what an amazing life. Now, given my upbringing with an oppressive old-world Italian mother, of course, at times I felt guilty about it. You slept with someone new every night; you were always doing drugs, you were always drinking too much. I was having not just fun, but debauched fun – sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.”