A one-of-a-kind collection featuring award-winning photographer Michael Grecco’s iconic and never-before-seen images of punk and post-punk’s quintessential bands.
Introduction by Jim Sullivan Foreword by Fred Schneider of the B-52’s
In the late 1970s, punk rock music began to evolve into the post-punk and new wave movements that dominated until the early ‘90s. During this time, prolific photographer and filmmaker Michael Grecco was in the thick of things, documenting the club scene in places like Boston and New York, and getting shots on- and backstage with bands such as The Cramps, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads, Human Sexual Response, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, the Ramones, and many others. Grecco captured in black and white and color the raw energy, sweat, and antics that characterized the alternative music of the time.
Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991 features stunning, never-before-seen photography from this iconic period in music. In addition to concert photography, he also shot album covers and promotional pieces that round out this impressively extensive photo collection—a quintessential piece of music history for anyone looking for backstage access into the careers of punk and post punk’s most beloved bands.
“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.” —Newsday
About the Author
Michael Grecco is an award-winning commercial photographer and ﬁlm director noted for his iconic celebrity portraits, innovative magazine covers, editorial images, and advertising spreads for NBC/Universal, GE, Pﬁzer, HBO, Kodak, ABC, IBM, Yahoo!, ESPN, WIRED, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Premier, and more. His distinguished work is regularly featured in prestigious galleries such as Louis Stern, G. Ray Hawkins, Stephen Cohen, and Fahey Klein.
"A photographic document of a critical pocket of the American punk scene in all its brash and seedy glory." — Kirkus
“Whether an action shot from the stage wing or a quiet backstage portrait, the photographs provide another perspective on the bands and musicians that defined the energy, chaos, grit and creativity of punk, post-punk and new wave.” — Cool Hunting
“…a heavyweight, gorgeously visual tome for the coolest of coffee tables.” — WickedLocal
“Acclaimed photographer Michael Grecco brings us back to the chaotic energy of punk rock era in the late 70s to early 90s…” — WGBH
“…like so many great eyes of his time, the punk rock scene of the late 70’s and 80’s, on both coasts, helped formulate his artistic individualism. Now that heady decade and a half are collected not only in his camera, but in the lavish new coffee table book…” — LA Weekly
“You can feel the intensity in every shot collected…” — The Boston Globe
“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.” — Newsday