Thursday, December 01, 2016

Zine but not heard

You'd imagine that Toby Mott's Oh So Pretty: Punk In Print 1976-80 is precisely the sort of thing that might have prompted Joe Corre into Saturday's pyre of punk memorabilia - if that hadn't been just a self-publicising act of wrong-headed cultural vandalism. After all, Mott's book not only seeks to celebrate and preserve for posterity the printed paraphernalia of punk (rather than contemptuously sending it up in flames) but is also published by Phaidon, and therefore would no doubt signify for Corre the commercialisation and commodification of punk. To be honest, I don't really care - it looks and sounds great, and is hopefully assured of a place on my bookshelves at some point in the future.

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