Punk rock leveled the playing field in many cities across the US. Gone were the days of being a wunderkind on guitar, replaced, simply, by passion and desire. Anyone could, and did, start a band. The wall between the band and its fans had come down. And Boston was one of the cities whose music scene fully embraced this new dynamic. The Rat, Jonathan Swift’s, The Channel and The Paradise would become legendary, as would Mission of Burma, Human Sexual Response, and The Cars. And Boston, with its oversized college population, would become a mandatory stop for national and international punk bands.
Photographer Michael Grecco was there. He was also tied into the underground music publications of the time, as well as WBCN and the college radio stations that would prove huge getting these local heroes airplay. His access was incredible; he was seemingly at every show, at every club in the late '70s and '80s, and his photos simply must be seen. Boston scribe Jim Sullivan provides an essential Introduction as an insider, and Fred Schneider of The B-52s offers up some artist perspective in the Foreward.
Still, it’s a beautiful document of a remarkable time in the Boston music scene and Grecco’s book is easy to — ummmm— get lost in.
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