“Bomp! Saving the World One Record At A Time”
This one’s been out for a bit but few seem to have acknowledged the magnitude of this bomber. The same can be said about most of the mind-boggling achievements of music legend Greg Shaw(1949-2004), the visionary mind behind Bomp! Records and the magazine of the same name. Sci-fi/rocknroll writer and former Deviant Mick Farren teamed up with Suzy Shaw (Greg’s lifelong co-conspirator) and compiled an amazing tribute to his life’s work. The book reprints (mostly for the first time anywhere) an enormous amount of classic material from the now rare and coveted Bomp magazine, even going back to his days editing one of the first ever underground music papers Mojo-Navigator in the midst of the late sixties San Francisco scene. Included for the first time ever is the fabled lost/final issue from 1981 wherein Shaw seems to be proclaiming the end of the punk era and a return to the primeval energy of psychedelic rock (much as he had predicted the rise of the 70’s punk explosion, once again way ahead of most).
To sum up: more than just drool inducing design (tons of rare and unseen photos and graphics) this big book of Bomp was decades in the making and one that you’ll keep returning to, finding more each time.
Its an awe-inspiring look into a era when people sent letters in the mail, did paste-ups and made mimeograph fanzines and wrote with primitive machines called typewriters. Oh yeah, and played real rock and roll from deep inside their guts.