By Bob Ruggiero
The Best of Punk Magazine
Edited by John Holstrom
It Books. 372 pp., $30.
While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would have to spit a gob in appreciation of the nicely done result.
Reprinting the best from the influential magazine's 1976-79 run -- much of it for the first time since original publication -- the book includes wild and suitably anarchic interviews with most major punk players, including Lou Reed, Ramones, Patti Smith, Sex Pistols, the Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop and David Johanssen. Add to that a wild amalgamation of underground comics, fakes ads, "Do It Yourself" songs, commentary, reportage, and even paper dolls.