“Ripped: T-shirts from the underground” is a new book from Cesar Padilla celebrating the punk and new/no wave culture of the late 70s and early 80s through Padilla’s impressive personal collection of ripped, torn and sweat stained original shirts from the era.

Padilla has been collecting these shirts since he was a kid growing up in California idolising this almost exclusively New York based culture, so to give the book some context and readers a greater insight into what it was really like to be around at the time he has interviewed some of the leaders and key movers of the scene including punk poet Lydia Lunch, fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, as well as other well known fans of the bands on these t-shirts such as Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy).  The New York punk scene was a seminal moment in time, but it has been covered so often and is now so over familiar that it almost feels banal, but these classic and rare tees from the bands that defined the movement, including Sonic Youth, Run DMC, the Sex Pistols, The Kinks, Talking Heads and The Cure, give you a fun and unique feel of what it was really like to be a punk kid back then.

Ripped comes out 9 March 2010 and is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

Source: cool hunting