DescriptionJohn Holmstrom Punk #1 Lou Reed Cover Original Art (1975). New York City, 1974. The traditional Rock Music scene had become stale, bloated, and tired, but in lower Manhattan, an exciting new scene was happening, revolving around a Bowery club named CBGB's. Inspired by earlier bands like the Velvet Underground, Iggy and the Stooges, and the New York Dolls, a new brand of Rock was being delivered by the Ramones, Television, Blondie, and others. Twenty-one year old artist John Holmstrom, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, was hot to create a new magazine covering this burgeoning scene now being called Punk Rock. At CBGB's, he attempted to interview the Ramones, when someone pointed out Lou Reed, former Velvet Underground frontman turned solo artist, in the audience. The brash young Holmstrom invited himself to Lou's table and asked for an interview. Reed, not the world's friendliest guy, surprisingly complied, and with this first interview (done in the style of a comic book page), Punk was born.
Holmstrom's cartoon vision of Lou Reed with Frankenstein-like bolts in his forehead (to show his "monstrous" influence on the scene) graced the first issue's cover. Soon, the use of the term "Punk Rock" became widespread, culminating with England's Sex Pistols outraging the entire world. And it all started here, with this famous cover art, which Holmstrom had originally gifted to his SVA teacher and inspiration, Harvey Kurtzman.
The artwork, ink with white paint highlights on Bristol board plus two overlays (included), features the original Punk masthead, which was photostatted and used over and over again. This iconic logo art was featured as the sole cover image for the recent Harper Books Best of Punk Magazine collection, and the Reed cover was included as an inserted image on the cover of an earlier collection. The image area measures approximately 8.25" x 10.75". The art is in Excellent condition.
With Lou Reed's recent passing, this historic 1975 cover art takes on new significance. Reed's influence on the music scene lives on and continues to be felt across the globe. And despite reports of its demise, Punk Rock hasn't gone away just yet. Some beasts are just too big to kill! From the Estate of Harvey Kurtzman.
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