Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976 – 1980 by Toby Mott

Published by Phaidon (2016)
512 Pages, 28 x 21.5 cm, Paperback
ISBN: 9780714872759

Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976 – 80 is an unrivalled collection of visually striking ephemera from Britain’s punk subculture. It presents 500 artefacts – zines, gig posters, flyers, and badges – from well-known and obscure musical acts, designers, venues, and related political groups. While punk was first and foremost a music phenomenon, it reflected a DIY spirit and instantly recognisable aesthetic that was as raw and strident and irrepressible as the music. As disposable as the items in this book once were, together they tell a story about music, history, class, and art, and document a seismic shift in society and visual culture.