Legendary record shop Rough Trade plays host this May to the launch of PUNK+, an independently produced, limited edition, superb quality book that presents a fresh view of the punk movement, through the lens of renowned photographer Sheila Rock.

Rock was party to numerous intimate moments of punk. Her unique perspective comes through her portraits of influential acts including The Clash, The Jam, Generation X, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Subway Sect, The Damned and The Buzzcocks. She also documented some notorious yet till now unseen events in punk history such as The Moors Murderers rehearsals.

Punk+ chronicles both designer and street styles between 1976-9 that had such an effect on fashion, society and politics, including Vivienne Westwood’s shop SEX as well as BOY, Robot and Acme Attractions. It is a fascinating insight into one of the most influential transformations of music and celebrates the scenesters who were the punk audience, and the designers that clothed the movement. As Paul Simonon (The Clash) comments: “This book is a great photographic record of a major shift in British street fashion“.

Sheila’s conversations with Chrissie Hynde, Tony James, Don Letts, Jeanette Lee, Glen Matlock, Chris Salewicz, Jon Savage, Steven Severin, Paul Simonon, Jah Wobble and more, provide an illuminating commentary on the punk phenomenon. As she observes “Punk was all about changing and surviving“.

Limited to 2000 numbered and signed books, including 300 deluxe versions exclusively available through FirstThird Books website.

Work from Punk+ to appear in:
> Rough Trade East, London, Book signing and Q&A, 29th May 2013
> Quartier 206, Berlin
> Sheila Rock Music Portraits, 2013
> The Metropolitan Museum of Art
> Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition catalogue, May 2013
Preview and buy the book here.
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