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My Punk Rock Life - The Photography of Marla Watson

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Over 300 of the most beautiful, detailed and insightful photographs you’ll ever have seen of the early hardcore scene are about to be published in a luxury, coffee-table style book.

My Punk Rock Life - The Photography of Marla Watson’ is a crucial document on the early days of US hardcore and emphasises the fans point of view. The photographer and author, Marla, reached out to both friends and strangers alike to write short pieces about what it felt like to be a punk back then, so the book includes personal stories and experiences to give the quality close-up photos real context. The feedback so far has been massively positive from the likes of Ian Mackaye, Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, Mike Burkett, Jeff Nelson and others, many of whom are featured in the book.

Marla started taking pictures at Los Angeles punk shows in the early 1980’s, just as the US punk hardcore scene was emerging. She made a press pass and stood on the side of the stage with her camera during all those amazing shows. She has collected the photography from that experience of a lifetime into this 254 page book.

With over 300 high quality and rarely seen images from the infancy of the hardcore punk scene featuring seminal acts such Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, The Damned, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, The Vandals, Channel 3, The Adicts, Stiff Little Fingers, Shattered Faith, Fear, White Flag, Youth Brigade, Social Distortion, The Angry Samoans, Battalion of Saints, Redd Kross, 7 Seconds, Suicidal Tendencies, Descendents, Bad Brains, Discharge, UK Subs, The Clash, The Varukers, The English Dogs, T.S.O.L, The Lewd, Subhumans, Red Scare, Ill Repute, The Pandoras, The Blades, The Bangs, The Toy Dolls, Sin 34, GBH, The Dickies, DOA, and many more!

These photos have sat in a box, untouched for forty years. Now Marla is sharing her photography with the world in her first book; ‘My Punk Rock Life’ and you can pre-order your copy now!

Here's Marla hanging out with Fat Mike at the new Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas where many of her photos are on display. They will be selling her book in the museum store and we are looking for more stockists to help get this great book out there, all over, so any book or record stores, and punk / hardcore distros, please get in touch.

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