In the Gutter

In the Gutter


[Hennessey, Val] London: Quartet Diversions, 1978. 4to. 95pp. Colour and b&w photos throughout. Gorgeous copy. Has aged much better than most punks.

Absolute fucking classic. Uncaptioned photos of pierced and made-up punks b/w photos of "primitive" (non-western) cultural adornments and body modifications. Text contains early musings on punk by someone who was undeniably alarmed and threatened by the rising subculture. Still, Hennessey herself acknowledges at the opening of the book:

"In matters of Punk I was green as Johnny Rotten's legendary teeth..."

Whatever, she works for the Daily Mail now anyway.

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