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Relive the Bay Area's Late '70s Punk Scene in This New Book - By jschiewe - June 14, 2017 - SF Weekly
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Relive the Bay Area’s Late ’70s Punk Scene in This New Book

"Friends in a Gold Car," 1978 (Credit: Jim Jocoy, Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, and TBW Books)

Many people associate the 1970s with hippie and disco paraphernalia, but the decade after the Swinging Sixties was more than just that. As people practiced free love and dorky dance moves, the nascent punk scene was bubbling, and one of the places it took root was in the Bay Area. If you ever wondered what that looked like, then we’ve got a book for you.

After attending UC Santa Cruz for a year, photographer Jim Jocoy dropped out in 1977 and spent his nights exploring San Francisco’s burgeoning punk scene. He joined bands, wrote poetry, made films, and published zines — basically, whatever he could to be as enmeshed in the scene as possible.

But it was photography that piqued Jocoy’s interest the most, and he brought his camera with him everywhere, be it to strip clubs, bathrooms, punk shows, alleyways, or bars. Around the time of these shoots, Jocoy’s photos only got the attention they deserved twice. Once, at an art show held at San Francisco State University, wherein his photos were reproduced as Xerox color prints. And the other time as a slide show presented at William Burrough‘s 70th birthday party.

It wasn’t until 20 years later that Jocoy published his first book, thanks in large part to the efforts of Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore and fashion designer Marc Jacobs who discovered his work. Entitled We’re Desperate, the book celebrated all things punk from the ’70s, but it only touched the surface of what Jocoy had to offer.

Now, Jocoy is releasing his second book, Order of Appearance, giving shine to a number of retro photos that never made it into the first book. Published by TBW Books, it’s a roller coaster of late-night party shots, bad haircuts, graffiti-ed bathroom stalls, packed shows, and some majorly thick black eyeliner.

As Jocoy says about the book on his website, Order of Appearance shares “the tender moments of love and loss that came to encapsulate the late ’70s and early ’80s as the Summer of Love slowly eroded and gave way to punks’ disaffected view of the world.”

Check out our selection of some of the raddest pictures in the book, and catch Order of Appearance‘s opening night at Casemore Kirkeby this Friday, June 16, from 6-8 p.m. (And don’t worry; if you can’t make the opening party, his works are still on view at the gallery through Saturday, July 29.)

Rico giving Jonnie a haircut, 1977 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Jennifer Miro of the Nuns, 1977. (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Pee trough with graffiti, 1980 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Trudie, DeDe, and friends, 1979 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Guy with tattoo, 1978 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Robert Lee crashing into white van, 1977 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
People’s Temple luggage, 1979 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
White cat in blue room, 1980 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Dancer on Broadway, 1977 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).
Fireworks, 1978 (Image courtesy Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco and TBW Books).