2014 Edition of Punk Rock Book of the Dead

It's that time of year again - Halloween, Day of the Dead, All Saints Day... celebrate how and what you like.... each year since 2007, I have been celebrating this day remembering my punk rock friends who have shuffled off this mortal coil.

This year, I have made full-color book for 2014's Punk Rock Day of the Dead. It measures 8x6 and is a limited edition of 10 soft-cover books, 35 pages featuring images of The Ramones, The Germs, Lou Reed, Ari Up (The Slits), Mick Karn (Japan), Willy deVille, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Lux Interior, Bryan Gregory and of course, Stiv Bators, Johnny Thunders and Sid Vicious and others.

Each books is $40 and is signed and numbered.  Don't miss this limited edition!

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Get Hip Get Art Punk Rock Day of the Dead in Pittsburgh!

These are a few of the images you will see in the Get Hip Get Art Punk Rock Day of the Dead show in at Get Hip HQ in Pittsburgh on the Dia de Los Muertos - November 1 & 2, 2013

Punk Rock Day of the Dead and Halloween 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA

Dee Dee n Stiv - backstage

Its a pop up art show and music extravaganza in Pittsburgh. My friends at GET HIP in Pittsburgh, PA are hosting my annual Punk Rock Day of the Dead shindig at their warehouse. There will be photos, big and small, to view and buy, as well as photo books. Its always record store day at Get Hip, so there will be no shortage of music, either. More details soon! Follow Get Hip on Facebook and read all the news as it comes.

Happy Halloween, my friends.

Michael Davis

I learned today at 6 AM that my friend, the influential Detroit rock n roll pioneer, Michael Davis, best remembered as the bassist for the MC5, passed away on Friday. I was at work, and people were beginning to arrive, so I wasn't able to grab my MC5 cd from my car and blast "Kick Out the Jams, motherfucker" in his honor... so I did it all the way on my drive home, and I'm doing it now.

All day long, I've been remembering Michael and the wonderful times I spent with him and his wife, Angela and their sons at their California home, all the times he rocked me... because once the surviving MC5 members re-formed and started touring, there was nothing that would stop me from seeing them play - starting from their opening night in Detroit, to Central Park in my at-the-time home town of NYC, and any and everywhere in between.

Michael Davis believed in the power of music and his love and belief were inspiring. As a young man, he was at the forefront of turbulent times when music was revolution. Decades later, he formed a foundation called Music Is Revolution that helped bring needed funds to schools that wanted to keep their music programs going.

As one of the inadvertent founders of American punk rock, Michael never lost sight of the DIY, just do it punk attitude. As he grew up, so did his humanity. Sure, Michael matured, grew up to be a responsible dad and such, but he never ever lost sight of that revolutionary punk ethos that fueled his music and his art.

Godspeed, Michael Davis, on your next journey... reunited with many of your Detroit fellows... I miss you profoundly. Big Love to Angela and your boys.

Michael Davis / MC5

Bryan Gregory of the Cramps

bryan portrait 1

On this day in 2001, Bryan Gregory passed away from multiple systems failure.