Wow, punk is now nostalgic. You can’t stop getting older, can you? Well, you can, but it’s not a good alternative. Anyway, Fantagraphics has announced that next month they will release Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film, over 400 pages of reference to “every appearance of a punk (or new waver!) to hit the screen in the 20th Century.” Here’s the PR description:
This wildly comprehensive release contains A-to-Z coverage of over 1100 feature films from around the world, as well as dozens of exclusive interviews with the cast/creators of crucial titles like Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead, The Decline of Western Civilization, and Valley Girl. Also examined are several hundred prime examples of straight-to-VHS slasher trash, Brooklyn skid row masterpieces, Filipino breakdancing fairytales, no-budget apocalyptic epics, and movies that shouldn’t even have been released, many of which have never been written about. Plus hundreds of eyeball-smashing stills and posters, many in full color!
Plus, interviews with such seminal figures as punk musicians Richard Hell, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, and Keith Morris of Black Flag, as well as filmmakers Penelope Spheeris, Martha Coolidge, Alex Cox, Mark Lester, and Allan Arkush. The Fantagraphics site has a downloadable excerpt plus the introduction.
Instead of having a simple book tour, editors Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly are holding signings and screenings across the western U.S. during November. Check that link for a schedule of what’s showing when, and if any special guests are joining in. I wish I wasn’t on the other side of the country — it would be neat to see Valley Girl or Rock ‘n’ Roll High School with an audience. That’s a wonderful way to turn a book release into an event.