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‘Texas Is The Reason’ photo book w/Lone Star Punks Big Boys, Surfers, Scratch Acid, Offenders

‘Texas Is The Reason’ photo book w/Lone Star Punks Big Boys, Surfers, Scratch Acid, Offenders
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‘Texas Is The Reason The Mavericks of Lone Star Punk’ – Coming Feb. 29 from Austin-Bred Photographer Pat Blashill w/ essays by Richard Linklater, David Yow, Teresa Taylor…

Over 200 immersive shots of Texas legends the Dicks, Big Boys, Butthole Surfers, the Offenders, Daniel Johnston, Scratch Acid. New from Bazillion Points, publisher of definitive music scene histories ‘Swedish Death Metal’, ‘Sub Pop USA’, Touch And Go’, ‘We Got Power!’, ‘Murder In The Front Row’, ‘NYHC’, and ‘Metalion‘.


Arriving in 1978, hitched to the back of the Sex Pistols tour bus, Texas punk rock soon became as mythic as the state’s devotion to football, cattle, and prayer. Confrontational renegades like the Huns, the Big Boys, and the Dicks led a defiant new era of blood, sweat, and cross-dressing cowboys.


Joining Pat Blashill’s over 200 deep black and white photos here are essays by director Richard Linklater (Slacker/School of Rock); singer David Yow (Scratch Acid/Jesus Lizard); drummer Teresa Taylor (Butthole Surfers); and local luminaries Adriane “Ash” Shown and Donna Rich. True mavericks banded together to make a stand, and…Texas Is the Reason.


Pat Blashill’s beautiful book of photos captures the poetics and energetic eccentricities of the post punk Austin, Texas music scene of the’80s, things one will never get on the internet. Long live books—and this one kicks ass.” — Kim Gordon

“Great bands come out of great scenes, so Blashill shoots not just the shows but the community. Even the intimate moments scream punk rock, and even the punk rock moments scream intimacy.” — Michael Azerrad, This Band Could Be Your Life

Preorder today and receive a FREE 5×7 photo portrait of the Butthole Surfers at a San Antonio fun park in 1984—grab your hat and have a look:

Bazillion Points is America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.

Photos from ‘Texas Is The Reason’ by Pat Blashill


“That was it…that was our life at that point in time.” — King Coffey, the Butthole Surfers

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