December 23rd, 2010 / 3:34 pm

DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! (A Holiday recommendation)

My first college roommate had a bookshelf filled with those big-format subculture guidebooks: The Trouser Press Record Guide, The Psychotronic Video Guide to Film, High Weirdness by Mail, the RE/SEARCH publications. I had been a normal kid in junior high, and began going weird in high school when my family moved to a small town. I had had to connect to all my weirdness through a couple of old issues of Thrasher, a couple of issues of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, and a single copy of Flipside that I bought from the local record store. (I think they had ordered it in by mistake. It looked out of place next to Hit Parader and Kerrang!) Needful to say, probably, when I was a teenager, we plugged our home computer into the wall and into a printer, but couldn’t even conceive of plugging it into a phone jack.

So I pored over those books, filling in the vast holes in my knowledge of the weird history of the weird things I loved. When I saw DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!: the Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics 2010) on the bookshelf in the film section of the bookstore where I work, I was smacked all-over nostalgic. One might argue that books like this—big-format subculture guidebooks—are unnecessary now that we mostly all have internet access. Maybe. I still think everyone who coveted Factsheet 5 zine guides when they were young should feel obligated to get a copy of DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! for their lonely, floppy-haired nephew in Chilton, Wisconsin.

(CONTEST: Be the first to identify a) the image above, b) its relevance to the subject discussed in this post, and c) it’s irrelevance to the subject discussed in this post and I will buy you a copy of DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! and ship it to you or your floppy-haired weirdo nephew today, as long as my bookshop currently has a copy on the shelf.)

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  1. jereme_dean

      I used to read the same guide books. Fuck yes.

  2. Matthew Simmons

      They were so good.

  3. JimR

      Is that a band from the Pacific Northwest?

      Do you remember who was on the cover of that issue of Flipside?

  4. Matthew Simmons

      A hint: it is a band from a cold Midwestern state.

      Still in high school. Would’ve been one from ’88 or ’89, maybe? Can’t for the life of me remember. Wonder if my brother does. He might have been the one to buy it.

  5. Jeffrey

      Is it your first college roommate??

  6. JimR

      Is that Lane Pederson on drums?

  7. Matthew Simmons

      Is this my brother, Jeffrey Simmons?

      It is not, in fact, a band featuring my college roommate.

      They are, I think, still around. (They have a Facebook page!) They started in 1990. They are from a cold Midwestern city. They are sort of related, and then on second look, sort of not related to the book being recommended.

  8. Jeffrey

      I see……. And no, it’s Jeffrey Woolford……… I’ll do more thinking……

  9. Matthew Simmons

      Kind of looks like him. He is not, according to band lore, a member or ex-member of the band. BUT, right area. Possible he was filling in when the photo was taken.

  10. JimR


  11. Matthew Simmons

      No. Though that might have an interesting movie tie-in, as Rivethead was the name of that book by Ben Hamper and Ben Hamper appeared in that Michael Moore movie Roger and Me.

  12. Matthew Simmons

      Oh, hey Jeff!

  13. dddDan


  14. Matthew Simmons

      Is this the beginning of a guess? Cause, man!