Now we're sending out the early copies of 'My Punk Rock Life, the photography of Marla Watson' and the books are getting into stores and around the scene, it's great to see the coverage in the press picking up. All the feedback has been very positive so far, so here's a few recent examples...
Thoughts Words Action have just published an interview with Marla discussing everything from her first gigs and history in the punk scene, through her inspiration as a photographer, her thoughts on the hardcore scene today, and her next plans. You can read the full interview here: https://thoughtswordsaction.com/2023/10/20/interview-marla-watson-photographer-and-author-of-my-punk-rock-life/
Hope at Streetvoice has reviewed the book enthusiastically here; https://streetvoiceuk2020.wordpress.com/2023/10/20/my-punk-rock-life-the-photography-of-marla-watson-review-october-23/
adding that Marla was one of the people that inspired her to become gig photographer.
Molly at Punktuation magazine says that Marla's pictures "Put you right in the pit" and get you up close and personal with the who's who of 80's punk with her incredible photography.
Tony at Suspect Device will be interviewing Marla soon and for now has written this review:
"This A4 hardback book is really ace, it collects Marla's photos taken at gigs mainly in LA in the early 1980s, with loads of great shots of locals like Channel 3, The Vandals, Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Dickies, Redd Kross, The Bangs, Black Flag and so on. Plus bands that came through LA like Dead Kennedys, JFA, Crucifix, The Misfits, Minor Threat, GBH, The Damned, Toy Dolls, Discharge, The Adicts, 7 Seconds and so many more. Along the way are little stories and anecdotes from those that were there, which helps to bring the photos alive. Here and there you’ll get photos from the UK, bands like Angelic Upstarts, UK Subs, English Dogs, Abrasive Wheels etc playing at The Queens Hall in Leeds and the 100 Club in London. Towards the end of the book you get shots of the people who make the scene, the crowd, not just shots of stage dives but kids hanging outside and having fun. I liked the photos of cops too, they were violent and did so much to break up gigs and put an end to fun, but the punks wouldn't be stopped. This is a real snapshot of a moment in time, a historical document that should be treasured and loved by everyone even remotely interested in US punk, or just punk rock in general, and there are over 250 pages to keep you entertained." http://suspectdevicehq.blogspot.com/p/reviews_29.html
So you don't need to take our word for it, read some of the reviews and coverage that is appearing, and ideally, see for yourself. 'My Punk Rock Life, the photography of Marla Watson' contains some of the best HC gig photography we've ever seen, as well as anecdotal stories to bring those pictures to life. It's a quality book that we are very proud to publish, and if you'd like a copy yourself, you can grab one direct from the E I Books store (where we send them with limited edition posters and bookmarks too) or order online from most resellers now.