This artbook art does an admirable job of recapturing the spontaneity, dark humor and angst of a little known American DIY music scene: the punk rock underground of the late 70's and early 80's. For those unfamiliar with this type of free form art/social commentary/teen angst, this book will be a real eye opener. For those who eagerly awaited the next flier to appear on their local telephone pole directing them to the next Black Flag gig, this is one wickedly twisted stroll down memory lane.
The only criticism is the scarcity of fliers from parts of the country outside the east and west coasts. However, fans of Raymond Pettibone's amazing art will be pleased to revisit his early work. An added bonus is the written commentary by local scenesters and musicians who were there when these fliers first appeared. This is juxtaposed by the merciful lack of pompous art historical/criticism blather. Props to the editors/designers who put the whole thing together: the overall layout and design mirrors the art presented: immediate, spontaneous and in your face.