Dream Baby Dream: Images from the Blank Generation (Stephanie Chernikowski)

Wistful for the days when musicians had stage names like Rat Scabies? Then take a trip down memory lane, even if (like myself) you're not old enough to remember, with Stephanie Chernikowski, who bills this books as a “documentary film in stills.” The book consists of a selection of Chernikowski's photos of luminaries like Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders, Devo, The Ramones, and others, and is a nice cross-section of the era's imagery. My criticism of this book is that it is slight when it should be exhaustive, and the images are presented without any commentary or context, which seems like a failing in a book designed as something of a historical document.

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