• brian walsby Manchild 5: Rabid Pack With Sirens Howling (Book, £9.25)

    label: Bifocal Media

    In the early 1980s Hardcore Punk swept across the US like a shock wave of youthful spirit, ingenuity and aggression. Los Angeles had bands like Black Flag and artists like Raymond Pettibon and Pushead charting new waters of sound and visual imagery. New York had Bad Brains and Sean Taggart. Raleigh, North Carolina had Corrosion Of Conformity and comic illustrator Brian Walsby. Since 1984, Walsby’s iconic illustrations have graced countless album covers, T-shirts and the pages of magazines such as Flipside, Maximumrock'n'roll, Hustler, Decibel and many others. In 2004 Brian’s first book of comic art, MANCHILD, was released to worldwide applause from critics and fans alike. He went on to release MANCHILD 2, 3 and 4 from 2006-2008. Brian continued illustrating, writing and collecting photos for what was to become MANCHILD 5, which documents the bands, fans and scene politics of the early Hardcore scene as viewed from Raleigh, NC in the 1980s. Readers are given a vivid picture of this era through Walsby’s infamous comic art, rare photographs and the words of the people who lived through it all. With the band Corrosion of Conformity at the centre, MANCHILD 5 proves to be a fascinating read, filled with anecdotes about punk houses, scene drama and bands like Bad Brains, No Labels, Scared Straight, Black Flag, Days Of, Wwax, Minor Threat, Confessor, Ugly Americans and many others. BRIAN WALSBY’S Comics have been highly anticipated elements of major music magazines for over 20 years. Brian has illustrated classic album art for 7-SECONDS, MELVINS and others. MANCHILD 1, 2, 3 and 4 have received rave press reviews from all over the world.

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