Sheila Rock Releases Punk Photography Book‏

March 10, 2013


Limited edition book PUNK+ launches 25 April 2013


The anti-fashion phenomenon that transformed contemporary culture

Legendary fashion emporium Browns plays host this April 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:

Browns, South Molton Street London W1

Launch and photo exhibition, 25th April 2013

(exclusive book distributor to 9 May 2013)

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

Sheila Rock

USA-born, Sheila has lived in London since 1970. Her photographic career took off in 1980 on THE FACE magazine. Sheila exhibits regularly in London and internationally. Her portrait work includes a wide range of entertainment and music glitterati, and her editorial work appears in publications from Vogue to The Sunday Times. Her work can also be found in the permanent collection of London’s National Portrait Gallery. She is currently working on a number of fine art projects. PUNK+ is her second book


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