from the edge of the world: california punk 77-81
Born in New York, Ruby Ray migrated to San Francisco in the mid-’70s.
She entered the underground scene while working at Tower Records in North Beach. When she acquired her first camera, she quickly turned it into a weapon. Ray shot using a Nikon FM & Tri-X 400 film, the fastest film of its time. While documenting new bands & people for Search & Destroy magazine, she wielded her lens like many young DIY artists were brandishing guitars - bold, carefree and absolutely necessary. As a fixture on the first wave punk scene, Ray photographed with a stark intimacy. There are candid shots of the Sex Pistols’ fateful trip to San Francisco, Darby Crash slashed & bloodied, Exene Cervenka sitting amongst discarded tires like tombstones & The Avengers’ Penelope Houston writhing on stage. 'From the Edge of the World' comes with a 16-song bonus CD that compiles some of bands photographed in the book: Germs, The Zeros, The Dils, The Avengers, Crime, The Screamers, Chrome, The Bags, Mutants, Factrix, The Sleepers, Negative Trend, Noh Mercy, Pink Section, The Offs & Z’EV. breathtaking!