COVER PHOTO Black Flag: left to right: Greg Ginn, Ron Reyes,
April 1980, Smilin' Buddha, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“The best photo taker in the whole world” – Stiff Little Fingers
There are few photographers in this wonderful world who have taken pictures of both ’60s garage punk legends, The Barbarians and hardcore heroes, The Dead Kennedys.In fact, I challenge you to find one! And if you did, it would be Vancouver, BC Canada's Bev Davies.
I first met Bev at Joey Shithead of DOA’s annual “garage sale” where she was selling some of her photos on his lawn.As I gawked at her pointed portraits of The Pointed Sticks, The Slits, Black Flag and The Rolling Stones, fascinating tales of the punk and the non-punk rawkin’ variety soon emerged. From Bev’s early years growing up in Toronto, Ontario, (I was astonished to find out that Bev almost went to California with Neil Young on his famous hearse ride to hell!) to her subse- quent relocation to Vancouver, BC, where she basically, from the late ’70s to mid-’80s, shot everything that moved, the sto- ries she told were so cool! Whether joining DOA on many of their ground-breaking tours, flying to US Festival, or talking to John Lennon on the phone, this had to be documented! Not that it hadn’t:Bev worked for a few years at Vancouver, BC's news and entertainment weekly, Georgia Straight, and was a contributor to Slash, Damaged, and tons of other fanzines. Nevertheless, I craved more.Hmmmm...Why not, with the help of Mint Records, create a “2007 Punk Punk Rock Calendar to help quell my photographic fantasies? Yeah!
Now, please view this calendar not as the final word on Bev’s pics, but as the first step in the examination of one of the great chroniclers of our generation.Bev’s photos help document the famous and unknown rock ’n’ rollers of the 20th century, and without a doubt, combined with her amazing stories, provide a valuable resource for even the ‘casual’ musicologist.But Bev’s photos ain’t for museums, they’re for you and your wall!
Keep on rawkin’ in the free world!
Have a good tea!
Nardwuar the Human Serviette
Radio CiTR fM 101.9
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
July 2007 - The Clash
August 2007 - Pointed Sticks
September 2007 - Go-Gos
October 2007 - Dead Kennedys
November 2007 - Gang of Four
December 2007 - Ramones
2008 - Duff McKagen/Fastbacks
December 2006 - The Subhumans
January 2007 - Motorhead
February 2007 - Avengers
March 2007 - Black Flag
April 2007 - Adam and the Ants
May 2007 - D.O.A.
June 2007 - Johnny Thunders
- Each month contains a detailed interview with photographer Bev Davies by Nardwuar
- Eight bonus pages of rare photos and even more commentary / interviews with Bev Davies
- Also includes a one-page 2008 calendar
- Full Mint Records Discography
- Full Nardwuar Records Discography
- Calendar starts December 2006!