Posted by specialK September 10, 2012

Most people identify punk as a certain genre of music or a kid with a bad hairstyle & not as a design or art style. Everything the punks of the 1970s & 80s did came from the Do-It-Yourself way of thinking; punk kids took the initiative &  made the fanzines they wanted to read, organized shows they wanted to see, made the music they wanted to hear & the clothes they wanted to wear. The punk aesthetic stems from punk's DIY ethics. It was all a statement. 

"Punk: An Aesthetic" is a 350 page book that covers the culture & art of the punk movement of the '70s & '80s. I really like that the 1980s were included in this book, though I'm sure there will be punk rock purists that will cry foul because many people believe that punk died with the 1970s. I'm not going into that fight here, but — to me — some of the the most influential graphics & art within the scene were created in the 1980s…

The book was edited by Johan Kugelberg & Jon Savage & features posters for shows ,films, fanzines, original photography & art. "Punk:An Aesthetic" is a perfect title for this book. Kulberg says "It still reverberates all over the place, from Pussy Riot to community activism to Madison Ave. advertising. The reason that it's still so very relevent is that the DIY stance is the substantial decrease in obstacles between the self-starter impulse and its execution, and punk created that seismic shift. When a youngster wants to start a blog or a cafe or a band or a 'zine and then immediately gets it done, that in my mind originated with punk." 

London's Hayward Gallery Project Space will host ''Someday All the Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984" will run starting  9/14 & will go on through 11/4. The exhibition was curated by Savage & Kulberg & its opening coincides with the books 9/18 release. "Punk: An Aesthetic" is published by Rizzoli & is selling for $55.  

[VIA] Additional photos courtesy of We Heart.

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