Rockers ’37

I've Got New Boots And Panties!!
Promotional sticker for the New Boots And Panties!! LP release 19771

My birthday was last Friday and my wonderful sister-in-law Leah happened to be in town for the festivities. She gave me this excellent anthology of punk-era communiqué from various broadsheet publications, promotional materials, posters and the like. The above image is taken from a two-page spread near the middle of the book, which in a timely bit of synchronicity links up with the other day's post per its coverage of the late great Ian Dury. This reproduction of a 1977 promo sticker spun me around as I was flipping through the book and — since I couldn't find anything about it online — I figured I'd scan it up here (with just a splash of color) for your viewing pleasure.

Punk Press book on the dining room table
Punk Press: Rebel Rock In The Underground Press 1968-1980

Which is a veritable treasure trove of proto-punk/punk/post-punk text and imagery — vibes for days — featuring figures ranging from The Knickerbockers and William Burroughs to The Clash and Iggy Pop to Suicide and Clock DVA, while publications like In The City, Zigzag, Sniffin' Glue, NME and Metal Hurlant. Like a said, a real treasure trove! Thanks again to Leah who — despite being tempted to keep the book for herself(!) — was kind enough to contribute it to the Parallax Library for posterity. Images from within will no doubt surface here from time to time as we continue this little post punk excursion in the months to come. In the meantime, Hit me with your rhythm stick and groove to some Ian Dury & The Blockheads.2


Right now, this old man's gotta take a breather...

Footnotes

1.

Bernière, Vincent and Mariel Primois. Punk Press: Rebel Rock In The Underground Press 1968-1980. New York: Abrams 2012. 70-71. Print.

2.

Dury, Ian. If I Was With A Woman. New Boots And Panties!!. Dury, Ian and Chas Jankel. Stiff, 1977. Vinyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEQLR1iV5qI

Constant Companion

The sheet music for where the streets have no name, blowing in the desert wind

As anyone who knows us knows, Sari and I love our lists. Along with my brother Andrew, we each worked up our top one-hundred albums roughly two-and-a-half years ago. Since then, we've added to the lists considerably (the fruits of which will show up here before month's end), and I'm always pestering everyone within earshot for their list of favorites.

So last year, for my birthday, my sister-in-law Leah compiled a list of her favorite six albums of all time. It was an unexpected treat, and there was a definite continuity running through the selections. You could write a book on each of them. Well, she's just posted the list up on her blog1 with attendant commentary. I especially like the autobiographical details, the way certain music becomes entwined with a particular period of one's life.

At one point, she wonders whether the term album even has any currency anymore, in our era of digital streaming and downloading. Do the children care about albums? She ultimately kind of posed the question to me, so I figured I'd wrestle with it a bit. And as is usually the case when I'm consulted, the answer is a long one! More on that later, but for now, check out Leah's list of six golden greats.1 I've heard a rumor that there are more to come...

Footnotes

1.

Singer, Leah. Music, My Old Friend, and a Few Favorite Albums. Leah's Thoughts, 4 Jan. 2017. http://leahsthoughts.com/music-my-old-friend-and-a-few-favorite-albums/. Accessed 5 Jan. 2017.