Alt Book Fair Debuts at The Box with Icons of Punk

The Box Gallery, already a gathering place for art, film and performance, now adds a literary angle to its creative community as it initiates the first national alternative book fair in West Palm Beach. From coast to coast artists, authors, photographers, and cultural icons of the punk and gay culture come to celebrate visions of the past and set their sights on the future. From uptown to downtown, high brow to low brow, there will be a series of talks lectures, and presentations that span almost a half of century of documentation of the avant-garde beginning from the early 70’s to present.

Starting on Friday night March 9th, there will be an art exhibition with photography by Paul Zone, images from his book “Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground”. Zone will be in attendance reading and signing books.

“Nestled in the pages of Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground are intoxicating snapshots of an oddball beginning. Photographer/musician Paul Zone, with the help of Jake Austen, has documented the birth of an influential era; names and faces that have become the building blocks of glam-punk and a whole new wave of rock. Eager and excited in their awkward uncertainty, the photos feel a bit like the bottom of a cab floor–boozed and chalky. But how else would you want to see the birth of punk and glam rock? Coupled with, well – for lack of a better term, a kick-ass design, publisher Glitterati Incorporated has cultivated a perfect platform for Zone’s images and the story of these iconic rockers’ starts,” says critic Efrem Zelony-Mindell.

At 7 PM I’ll be speaking about my 2015 book “Spiritual America The Catalog: 1983-1984” about the short lived gallery I had in NYC’s lower east side that exhibited Richard Prince, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman among others. Foreword by Walter Robinson, with rarely seen artist portraits by Peter Bellamy.

7:30 PM Tony Arruza will be signing his book on his art surfboards called 15 x 15. “One of the most beautiful odes to surfboards ever created. Each shape, each shaper, and each shaping process is lovingly detailed–even the glassers get some love, a rarity in our shaper-obsessed world. That makes every page of 15X15 a thing of lingering beauty–a page to savor, not a page to flip. A must-own tome for every surfer.”– Nick McGregor, Editor, Eastern Surf Magazine

Featured author photographer Paul Zone will be on at 8 p.m.; then live music until 11:30.

On Saturday there’s a Meet and Greet at 5 PM with all the authors; then talks by Brian Cattelle at 6 PM with his release of BARE USA, a study of natural beauty in contrast with man-made decay. Images of nuclear power plants, haunted hospitals, cold war era missile bases, and abandoned airports elegantly infused with images of female nudes. He hand made the box that holds each book.

Signed copies of “Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years)” by visiting guest author Vera Ramone King. She will also have collectors item t-shirts and photos for sale.

“Often regarded as the first punk-rock group ever, named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 Bands of All Time, with all members having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Ramones are nothing if not legendary. Waking up the neighbors and setting the U.S. music scene on fire in the 1970s and through the ’80s, The Ramones’ story is tragic and raw, sentiments that could also describe the band’s songwriter, bass player, and unsung genius, Dee Dee. A wild ride into the heart and soul of New York City, Poisoned Heart is Vera Ramones King’s last testament to her former husband, who shocked the world when he died in 2002 of a drug overdose despite having been clean for years.

Dee Dee defined the punk-rock lifestyle. He was a rash, often violent heroin addict, and no one better understood his twisted mentality, or insanity, than faithful wife Vera. But Vera, herself a less destructive Nancy to Dee Dee’s Sid also came to know the Dee Dee that music fans worldwide held near and dear: a generous, loving man who had a soft spot for bums, who grew up in the tough streets of Queens, who never stopped working, writing, and performing, who often treated his wife like a Punk Rock Princess, and whose greatest joy was the look on his fans’ faces as he played them a song.”

7 PM
Special book signing of Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town by Rick Rose, the dapper, bow tied clad scene maker, author, International hotelier, Worth Avenue Association Historian and Palm Beach aficionado introduces his first publication.

8 PM
Book release of “The Mudd Club” reading and signing by featured visiting guest author Richard Boch (NY) with a slide show by Bobby Grossman of images.

“I was a Long Island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was “out there” versus “in here” and I was on the inside. The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd regulars who gave the place its identity. Everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, and Robert Rauschenberg to Johnny Rotten, The Hell’s Angels, and John Belushi: passing through, passing out, and some, passing on. Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger― just a few of the names that stepped on stage. No Wave and Post- Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed wicked downtown club attained the status of midtown and uptown. There was nothing else like it― I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me. I thought I could handle it, and for a while, I did. “―Richard Boch

Signed copies of We Are Everywhere And We Shall Be Free: Charles Hashim’s Miami 1977-1982 (Letter16 Press). Previously unseen photos taken by Hashim from the late 1970s and early 1980s, capture “The Magic City” as its old social conventions came apart at the seams. Punk rockers, drag queens, outlaw bikers, and nonconformists of every stripe make their presence known— loudly— as a once-sleepy Southern burg transforms into modern Miami. All the images are carefully transferred from the original B&W 35mm negatives.

History is made at night by Godlis

40 years in the making, The book contains 119 photographs in a fine art duotone monograph edition; including photographs from GODLIS’ nights at CBGB’s between 1976 and 1979, when Patti Smith, the Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, Talking Heads, and Television ruled New York City’s Bowery.

GODLIS, shot in the style of photographers Brassai and Robert Frank, using his handheld Leica camera and Tri-X film to capture his subjects by the natural light of the Bowery outside as well as inside the club CBGB’s. Analog all the way, these photographs will take you back to the grainy heydays of the New York City Punk Scene.

There will also be a special viewing of Rolando Chang Barrero’s private collection of books including Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs; Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and more. There will be food trucks, drinks and an art car outside the gallery for even more alt literary fun.

For more information about the Alt Book Fair March 9-11, 2018, check The  Box Gallery is located at 811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405.

Alt Book Fair Debuts at The Box with Icons of Punk. From coast to coast artists, authors, photographers, and cultural icons of the punk and gay culture come to celebrate visions of the past and set their sights on the future at the Box Gallery.