This came out a couple of years ago, but I still haven’t completely absorbed all 463 pages of it yet. This, my friends, is the definitive and most exhaustive look at punk rock on film ever created. Carlson and Connolly reportedly spent 10 years putting this massive tome together. The concept? Watching and reviewing every film between 1975 and 2000 that not only had punk rock as its subject matter, but also every single film where someone who looked even remotely punk appeared. Blessed with the ability to rent videos for free from Seattle’s Scarecrow Video (the best video store in the world!) over the course of this project, Carlson and Connolly watched … and watched … and watched … literally thousands of films … all for the sake of proper documentation of this important subculture on celluloid. Even the publisher (Seattle’s esteemed Fantagraphics) reportedly thought they were nuts, but fortunately had the gumption and foresight to see this project through. Even if you don’t like punk rock, this punkopedia is ridiculously entertaining from start to finish. However, it doesn’t look like it’s currently in print, based on the high cost of copies on Amazon. Fantagraphics: please republish this or at least, put out a Kindle version for those who love to browse this tome, but don’t have the luggage to carry this coffee table size book with them while they’re out and about.
Be sure to hear the entertaining interviews with Carlson and Connolly that appeared on the terrific “The Gentleman’s Guide to Midnite Cinema” Podcast for more details: