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We're Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography of Jim Jocoy, SF/LA 1978-1980 [Hardcover]

Exene Cervenka

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12 Jan 2002
Interview by Thurston Moore, Essay by Exene, Introduction by Marc Jacobs 1977: Punk rock music and fashion caught like wildfire the world over. But it was in San Francisco and L.A. where the most radical behaviour in stateside punk rock style and attitude was exhibited. Travelling between the two cities, Jocoy shot portraits of every punk rock personality that caught his eye, including some of the more celebrated punk legends such as Darby Crash, Iggy Pop, Lydia Lunch, Sid Vicious, John Waters and The Cramps. 125 full-colour photos.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books,U.S.; 1 edition (12 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576871568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576871560
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars before punk fashion was sold at the mall...... 19 Jan 2003
By Zoe Bower - Published on
....the West Coast punk rock scenesters created a style that looks surprisingly fresh and edgy even today: pink 60s leather coats, striped tees, shredded preppy button-ups, busted jeans, high heels with anklets, asymetrical haircuts, teddy boy coats, geometric print 80s, shrunken suits w/ skinny ties, and more. This is a great book for DIY fashion ideas-- from a time when ripped tee-shirts didn't cost $75 at trendy boutiques and jeans didn't come pre-sandpapered.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The San Francisco Punk Scene told in Photographs. 5 April 2003
By Glenn S. Hawley - Published on
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When I first heard about this Book, I eagerly awaited it's arrival. An Excellent documentation of the Looks and visual attitude that was unique to the San Francisco Scene. Even though the Photos include LA, London and NYC Stars, that original San Francisco feeling still emerges overall. It cries out for more books exploring it's values different from other Punk or Rock scenes. But at least we have Jim's Excellent Documentations and memories. Hopefully More Books coming from him in the future!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 18 July 2003
By "insanecheesemonkey" - Published on
This is an absolutely brilliant book. It chronicles a time when punk was more than just some retarded fashion statement made for MTV (admittedly, MTV didn't exist...) Jim Jocoy has done his thing well, and efficiently shown the attitude of punk in the late 70's. One of the best things about this book is the fact that he didn't sift through people and pick out the ones that looked like models, or the pretty singers, he took anyone and everyone he could find that contributed to the punk rock movement. Even greater is the fact that he has pictures of bands and singers right next to the "normal" people, and to the untrained eye, nobody would know the difference. Everyone was impressive. I also loved the prose at the end by Exene Cervenka. It's very well-done and beautifully written.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos of the Early Punk Scenes in S.F. & L.A. 20 Mar 2010
By Mike Pearson - Published on
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This is book that is full of photos of the early punkers 1978 through 1980. The fashion and style was so inventive. These impulsive and creative styles were years ahead of the time and many of these looks are still fresh today. These styles and outfits were considered INSANE at the time. When people saw punkers walking down the street looking like this their eyes would bulge and they would say, "What the HELL?!" Cool book and incredibly cheap.

Check out my book on early 80s punk and new wave teen culture in L.A.: One Step Beyond, A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles. You might get a kick out of it.

One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles (Volume 1)
5.0 out of 5 stars San Francisco punk scene at its peak 14 Nov 2011
By StanFlouride - Published on
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This small format coffee table book is a wonderful insight into the SF (and to a lesser degree LA) punk scenes in 1978-79.
Afterword written by Exene Cervenka of 'X'. She says, "We hated poseurs but we loved to pose."

Like the actual scene in those days you can't tell who is in a band and who is a fan. Simple, mostly single portraits with some pairs and small groups of 3 or 4 are lovingly shot by Jim Jocoy, an omnipresent member of the scene.

None of the people in the pictures are identified but many are recognizable: Jello Biafra, Iggy Pop, John Waters, Sid Vicious, etc.

Disclosure: I am in here.
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