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Book available at Track 16 Booktore, and a special collector's edition with signed prints available only at Arcana Books
the book

Edited by Kristine McKenna. Foreword by Exene Cervenka.
Published by Foggy Notion Books/Smart Art Press
When photographer Ann Summa arrived in Los Angeles in 1978, the city’s punk scene was still fresh, diverse, smart, utterly original—and fertile territory for a young photographer. The Beautiful & the Damned is a collection of her portraits of the musicians, artists and fans who made Los Angeles such a crucial part of the history of punk. Taken between 1978 and 1984, the images mostly revolve around L.A.’s first punk generation, and include portraits of the Germs, the Screamers, X, the Cramps and the Gun Club, among many others. From there, the book expands its scope to accommodate the cross-pollination that took place between L.A.’s punk scene and the fine art community, (at the time, the audience for avant-garde artists such as the Kipper Kids, Johanna Went and Laurie Anderson was primarily drawn from the underground music scene), and the two other cities—London and New York—that played a central role in the birthing of punk. Photographed during their first U.S. tours are U.K. groups the Clash, Magazine, the Fall, the Slits, Bow Wow Wow and the Pretenders, among others. Visiting dignitaries from New York include Television, James Chance, Lydia Lunch and Talking Heads. Also included are portraits of artists who served as an inspiration to L.A. punks—Captain Beefheart, Iggy Pop and David Bowie, among others—plus candid shots of unidentified audience members. Edited and with an introduction by Kristine McKenna, The Beautiful & The Damned includes 95 previously unpublished images.

Ann Summa studied photography in Japan. Her work has been regularly published for the past 30 years in publications including Artnews, Rolling Stone and The Los Angeles Times.




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related exhibitions

September 9- October 16, 2010

Curated by Kristine McKenna
Track 16 , Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA.


Friday, October 8, 2010
Book release party and book signing
+ Special Acoustic Performance by Exene Cervenka!

400 Bleeker St. New York, NY

Video of Ann's last exhibit at Track 16!!


KCET-Departures/Interview with Ann Summa and Jeff Spurrier reminiscing about the original punk scene

the music

Live From the Masque, Vol. 1: Forming [Live]
The Record by Fear
Damaged by Black Flag
Group Sex by Circle Jerks
Double Nickels on the Dime by Minutemen
Rockin at Ground Zero by Gears
Fire of Love by The Gun Club
We Got the Neutron Bomb: Weird World, Vol. 2 by Weirdos
MIA: The Complete Anthology by The Germs
Los Angeles + Wild Gift by X
Metal Box by Public Image Limited
London Calling by The Clash
Horses by Patti Smith
Lust for Life by Iggy Pop
Marquee Moon by Television
Y by The Pop Group
Low by David Bowie
Never Mind the Bollocks by Sex Pistols
Cut by The Slits
The Blasters by The Blasters
‘77 by The Talking Heads
Scream by Siouxsie & The Banshees
Strk/Decline of Western Civilization
Electrify Me by the Plugz
Dangerhouse, Vol. 1 by Dangerhouse
Album by Generic Flipper by Flipper
and so many more...

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