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Sounds of Two Eyes Opening

A photography book documenting the skate, surf and punk scenes of Southern California from the late '60s to the early '80s

by Hans Aschim
on 27 November 2014
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Acting as a veritable time capsule into Southern California beach and punk culture from the late '60s to the early '80s, "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening" offers readers an unfiltered glimpse into a vastly influential time and place. Shot by music producer Spot, who is known best for his work with the Misfits, Black Flag and Hüsker Dü, the 272-page hardcover release captures the scene from the perspective of an insider. Everything from cops busting DIY punk venues to beachside freestyle skate contests from the days before the ollie, the book illuminates the grassroots of subcultures that now thrive worldwide. The photos—much like Southern California itself—are at times gritty and aggressive, while other times carefree and wild, leaving some serene and outright beautiful.

Available everywhere tomorrow, 28 November 2014, the deluxe edition can be pre-ordered now from Sinecure for $50, which includes a two-sided poster with art from Ed Templeton and a Spot photo print.

Images courtesy of Sinecure Books

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