HOW RARE DO YOU LIKE YOUR PUNK BOOKS? AND HOW GOOD? PUNK
BY SALVADOR COSTA.
Oh, this book is seriously good. We so rarely find it. It has been years since the last copy surfaced. Published in Barcelona in 1977, it is an awesome photobook by an unknown (both then and now) Spanish photographer - Salvador Costa. See how great it is here.
This is the best of all punk books for fashion details. Salvador Costa had an extraordinary eye for styling. This Coke can and studded wrist band photograph has to be the best double page in any punk book ever. It is very deeply brilliant!
This young woman looks like she came to The Roxy on her own to see Model's/Johnny Moped/Generation X (or some other such line up). It is such a great photograph. Just one of so many in this brilliant book.
Costa came to London in 1976 and again in 1977 and photographed the punk scene over a number of nights at The Roxy. He shot bands including The Cortinas, The Lurkers, and XTC but more importantly he photographed everyone else in the room.
And almost as good is this double page. Costa clearly had a major skinny jean and sneakers fixation. There are at least ten photographs just of legs and trainers. That's a lot for a punk book. Adidas and Converse share the honours.
And these hot pants belong to Cherry Vanilla (a favourite of David Bowie and Bruce Weber and therefore a big friend of ours!) Image of the week is this close up - revealing a little too much Cherry Vanilla perhaps.