Fired up! Here’s the cover art for my next book 1977. Big thanks to my son Jack for another great design! Thanks too to Ravenna Press, who will be publishing the collection of drawings and poems this April.
1977 is about history and memory, about revising and forgetting. 1977 is about how I was a hippie and became a punk. 1977 is about the year I bought my first punk LPs at the House of Guitars. 1977 is about capturing that feeling we had.
Chart shows the gender make-up of punk bands that I listened to c. 1977. You could count the women musicians on one hand — Moe Tucker, Patti Smith, Deborah Harry, Tina Weymouth. Later I heard the Slits (1979) and the Go-Gos (early 1980s ). In the 1990s my daughter showed me the light with Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill. Punk got better over the years!
What is it about certain objects that they have the power to recall people and things that have passed? “What’s Fallen Apart” was first published by Paper & Ink Literary Zine (UK) in the Birth & Death Issue.