No Wave

No Wave

Post-punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980

Book - 2008
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No Wave is the first book to visually chronicle the collision of art and punk in the New York underground of 1976 to 1980. This in depth look at punk rock, new wave, experimental music, and the avant-garde art movement of the 70s and 80s focuses on the true architects of No Wave from James Chance to Lydia Lunch to Glenn Branca, as well as the luminaries that intersected the scene, such as David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, and Richard Hell.

This rarely documented scene was the creative stomping ground of young artists and filmmakers from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Jim Jarmusch as well as the musical genesis for the post-punk explosions of Sonic Youth and is here revealed for a new generation of fans and collectors.

Thurston Moore and Byron Coley have selected 150 unforgettable images, most of which have never been published previously, and compiled hundreds of hours of personal interviews to create an oral history of the movement, providing a never-seen-before exploration and celebration of No Wave.
Published: New York : Abrams Image, 2008.
ISBN: 9780810995437
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 MOO
Characteristics: 143 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,21 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coley, Byron


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May 22, 2015

This is an excellent book about the No Wave scene in New York in the late 1970's- great pics as well.

This is an excellent oral and pictorial history of No Wave, the label that attaches to the art punk music scene found in lower Manhattan in the late 1970s, early 1980s. The book focuses mostly on the four bands -- Mars, D.N.A., Teenage Jesus, Contortions -- featured on NO NEW YORK, the Brian Eno-produced compilation album of 1978. It conjures up a long-gone time of cheap downtown rents, partying and art for art's sake -- creativity! What should be a rite of passage for every generation seems now, with today's post-9/11 militarism and post-bailout stagnation rife with usurious student loans, like proof of life from another planet.


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