Before democracy, there were spirits, and from spirits we created taverns and it was in those taverns that we laid out the blueprint for a new kind of country. … In other words, we got drunk and invented America.
No Wave – A raw never-seen-before look at the underground music scene of 1976-1980 by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
No Wave: Underground. New York. 1976-1980. by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley
2008, 144 pages, 8 x 10 x 1 inches
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Featuring an array of grungy black and white photographs as well as insightful interviews, this book by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley (with an introduction by Lydia Lunch) presents an in-depth and never-seen-before look into the ‘No Wave’ scene between the years 1976-1980. If you’re a fan of both punk-inspired art and music, as well as the famous Iggy Pop, Lydia Lunch and Debbie Harry (just to name a few), then this is one book you won’t want to miss.
The musicians’ recounts of their hard and fast lives during this period are incredibly intriguing, open and honest, while the images also do a fantastic job of showing us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this underground world. Reading about each band’s rise to fame and unique lifestyle was a personal highlight for me, as were the included prints of gritty and artistic flyers which were distributed about the bands during their heydays.
Although this book concentrates on a period of just four years, it has truly been able to capture and portray a whole generation of ‘No Wave’ enthusiasts.
– Melanie Doncas