Rockers NYC Brian Ray Turcotte Interview
RockersNYC have interviewed Brian Ray Turcotte, creator of Fucked Up & Photocopied (1999) and his latest, Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything (2007). These books bring together both the spoken of and the unspoken of artists of the early 80s punk rock movement, and documents a culture that continues to touch people, fashion and politics. Both Fucked Up & Punk is Dead truly convey the DIY spirit of the early 80s movement.
These books are special to RockersNYC because they encompass their teenage years, like so many of us. and document the music that inspires us to this day. Look out for Sean’s story in Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything, alongside stories from Wayne Kramer, Arturo Vega, Kid Congo, David Yow, Annie Anxiety, Duane Peters, Marc McCoy, Tony Alva, Don Bolles, Trudie and Pat Smear. Punk is Dead also features interviews with iconic figures like Malcolm McLaren and Ian Mackaye. But first and foremost are the flyers, photos, set lists and more that fill the pages with unparalleled visual impact. Brian Ray Turcotte sat down with RockersNYC and shared his vision for his books, and also some stories from his own experience.
Check out the rest of the story on the Rockers blog, along with a 7-album download of early 80s hardcore & post-punk to celebrate the books!
1. Yes yes Bryan, how are you doing?
Killer Brother. Thanks for asking.
2. When you started this book series, did you intend for these books to be historical documents?
No, not really. In fact I had only intended to include stuff from California in Fucked Up + Photocopied cuz that’s all I really had in my collection. It was after talking to Joey from DOA that I realized I needed to include more pioneering artists from the entire USA and Canada to make real sense of Punk to the outside reader. But that being said, I still never intended for it to cover the whole history of punk. It would have taken me a lifetime to pull all that together. I just gave myself a time limit, and included what I had collected up to that date. As a whole, I think it covers a lot of ground still. But it wasn’t until I finished Punk Is Dead Punk Is Everything that I felt it was a more complete story. But still, it’s not everything. It would not be punk of me to spend my whole life collecting stuff just so some bookworm would respect my effort. The Encyclopedia of Punk, it’s not, but I think is has the true PUNK ‘feel’. I don’t think anyone previous has gotten the feeling right. I think Fucked Up and Punk Is Dead feel like how I remember it being.
3. Why did you choose "Fucked up + Photocopied" and "Punk is dead, Punk is everything" as the titles of your books?
I chose Fucked Up + Photocopied because I thought I really captured the feel of ‘punk rock and art’ through only use of those words. It’s simple and tough. The flyers themselves were so fucked up in terms of art direction AND the fact that they were mostly torn off telephone poles or folded up in a sweaty pocket and tossed around in a pit before making its way to my book twenty years later. PUNK IS DEAD PUNK IS EVERYTHING is a direct comment to much of the reaction I received from doing FU+P. The idea to do the books in general was not to be nostalgic, but to inspire another youth movement. Punk ala 1981 is WAY dead but, fucking hell, just look around to see how the seeds of that have spread to make it more alive than ever. Its EVERYTHING and Everywhere