Friday, January 08, 2010

My Favourite Teen-age Subculture

When I got home from class, I was so happy to find a package in my mailbox! It was a book that the lovely Xu of Happenings in Singsong is lending me, and what a book it is!

It's full of all these marvelous photographs taken by Michael Lavigne in the 1980s and 1990s. It runs the gamut from pictures of random Seattle/Olympia punk kids to professional portraits of bands like Nirvana and Hole. Here are some of my favourites:





29 comments:

Hope-Fashion Narcotics said...

Kurt Cobain=such a God. I love his button ups, and his playing and art, I wish I'd been alive to go to his gigs in the olympia circuit before the band were all assholey.
H
xo

diane said...

The thing that I love the most about grunge is that it's available to everyone. You don't have to be rich to pull it off.

anne said...

I'd love to flick through that book, I can look at those photos for ages and still be fascinated.

Pretty Pirate said...

I used to live in Seattle and it's amazing how much of a music influenced city it still is. Now that I have moved away to San Francisco, I really miss that. There is so many amazing artists of all kinds there. That book looks fascinating!!

The Girl With Many Names said...

Thanks so much for all the comments!
Yeah people are surprised when i tell them about my favorite bands and what not, i guess i just don't have the look to match?
I'm also happy to know that i'm not just talking to myself and someone is actually reading my blog, haha.
Thanks again <3
P.S. I love the 4th picture,it's one of my favorites too.

AFitz said...

I read through that book twice at chapters and there is this one boy that I swear to god I fell in love with (I should just pay up and buy a copy). I'm trying to remember what page it was on - first half of the book, group shot, he's on the far left. He's got these curls and this big soft sweater that looks like something you would wear, actually (he could be the male version of you, which says a lot about me i think hm...).
Anyway, the photo was taken in 1983, which means the guy is probably my dad's age....but still! I need to go back and remember what page it was on so you can know who i'm talking about.


this is one of the weirdest comments i've ever left, i think

Katie said...

Your blog is brilliant. I will probably spend the rest of the night having to life and procrastinating while reading it.

Vanessa said...

Looks like an incredible book. I was too young at the time to remember grunge (try I was under 5), but there's something about it I really like, even if it's TOTALLY not my personal style.

Diane said...

Oh my freaking gosh, this is absolutely amazing. Thank you for bringing this book's existence to our attention!

louise or valentine said...

i love that photo of kurt and courtney, it makes me wanna read sassy.

Robyn said...

ohh getting mail is just the best! And when it contains sub-cultures, it's even better~ haha

-Robyn

Rachel said...

oh man, that is SUCH a good book. I mentioned it in a post awhile back, when I spent ages in a bookstore in Seattle looking through the whole thing.

Rachel said...

oh, by the way, I used to hang out in the neighborhood where most of those pictures were taken. Those pictures remind me of my childhood!

Natalie said...

i love these photos!

great blog!

natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

the. approach said...

So awesome! I love Kurt Cobain and Nirvana!! Epic

chew a horn! said...

So sad. Grunge was the subculture when I was in HS. You know you're old if the trend during your HS years gets recycled.

le blog de leen said...

these are so great pictures, feels like i'm 15 again!

leen

CandieAcidCupcake said...

I love books like this, sometimes photos say so much more than words. x

gem fatale said...

Wow what an awesome book!!
x

GraceFace said...

Those photos are rather glorious.

Julie said...

Looks like such a fantastic book. There is so much I like about grunge!

Alex Dom said...

love the grunge look!

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Slappin Japin said...

i feel bad for todays teens who only have vampires and uhh all i can think of are vampires.

Luna Supernova said...

ooh i love this book. everytime i go into unity book store i spend a good quarter an hour flicking through it.. it's only a matter of time before i man up and buy it... i'm the most in-decisive shopper known to man kind.

MarishkaRI0tkhsiram said...

This book gives me such memories of 90s grunge. RIP Cobain.

http://mttsuihka.blogspot.com/

Xu Box said...

Yay!!! You received it! Hope you are just as excited as I was looking through it. BTW, check out the forward by Thurston Moore if you haven't already. It's very inspirational and encapsulating!

Becca Jane said...

some great images. There is just something irresistible about this look I think.

noirohio vintage said...

this book is so good! I did a post with some photos I scanned from it a while ago too! :)
xo