October 17, 2003

San Francisco’s MANIC D PRESS announces the publication of
LEGENDS OF PUNK: Photos from the Vault by Rikki Ercoli

Press contact: Jennifer Joseph

Critically–acclaimed, award–winning publishing company Manic D Press announces the eagerly awaited release of Rikki Ercoli’s LEGENDS OF PUNK: Photos from the Vault, a visual feast of black–and–white portraits capturing some of the most notorious rock’n’roll icons from the late ’70s and early ’80s.

In these never–before–seen live and backstage photos taken in London , New York , Philadelphia and other locations, Sid Vicious is alive and sneering, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers barely have a tattoo between them. Deborah Harry of Blondie pouts seductively, Patti Smith is wide–eyed and dancing (barefoot?), and DeeDee Ramone is young and glistening with sweat. The crowds are moshing and the hairdos are tremendous.

With reunion tours of the Sex Pistols and Bow Wow Wow occurring nationally this season, and the recent passing of Joey and DeeDee Ramone as well as Joe Strummer, this book is exceptionally timely and a great holiday gift for music lovers of all ages.

Contains previously unpublished images of Sid Vicious, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), PIL, Blondie, The Ramones, The Clash, Circle Jerks, The Dead Boys, Dead Kennedys, DOA, The Exploited, Gang of Four, GBH, Killing Joke, Misfits, X, Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Slits, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Brian Brain, The Nuns, The Cramps, and more. Other celebs caught in performance or on the scene include Marianne Faithful, Edie the Egg Lady (of John Waters’ movie fame), Lance Loud, Nico and Andy Warhol.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Philadelphia–born Rikki Ercoli currently lives in San Francisco where he works as photo editor for Falcon Studios. During the prior 12 years, he lived in Bangkok , Thailand where he worked as a freelance photojournalist.

···To request a review copy or arrange for an author interview, please contact Jennifer Joseph/Manic D Press, or 415.648.8288.···