EXTERMINATING THE EAGLES
Lawndale, CA: SST, 1985. First Edition. 8vo. 21.6 x 14 cm. Original stapled pictorial wraps. Near fine. Hand-numbered 161 in red ink (slight smear to ink of numbering), from an edition of 500 (of which, supposedly, 400 were destroyed). SIGNED by Pettibon to front cover. (Item ID: 12918)
Artists' book from the artist most associated with the American - and especially Southern California - punk rock scene. Pettibon's indelible black-and-white images graced LPs and fliers for the likes of the Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedy's, Descendents, Germs, H¸sker D¸, Meat Puppets, Minutemen, Ramones, Sonic Youth, Subhumans,Throbbing Gristle, and (most famously) Black Flag - whose name the artist coined. Pettibon's brother Greg Ginn was guitarist for the band and founder of SST Records, under whose auspices most of Pettibon's early books were published and distributed. They unfortunately didn't sell well and - according to the artist (see Robert Ohrt, RAYMOND PETTIBON: The Books 1977-1998) - he destroyed most of the remaining copies, leaving only a hundred or so copies of each issue extant. Pettibon (who's also worked under the names Raymond Pettibone, St. Pettibone, Chuck Higby, Raymond Ginn, and Ray Dylan) remains one of the most provocative and vital artists working today, and one whose influence has grown far past his cult beginnings. pp. [Ohrt 23]. See also: Aarons and Roth IN NUMBERS pp. 394-403.