BOMB no.3, Spring 1982. Cover art by Mark Macgill.
BOMB no. 9, Spring 1984. Cover art by Georgia Marsh.
David Ehrestein reviews Eric Mitchell’s Underground U.S.A., an ironically grim take on scene-making in the 80s, an intimate portrait of hipsters before there were hipsters—basically timeless. BOMB no.1, Spring 1981.
Portfolio of Polaroids by Eric Mitchell for BOMB no.1, Spring 1981.
Ted Castle interviews Charles Ludlam and Christopher Scott, the duo at the helm of the flamboyant and grotesque Ridiculous Theater. BOMB no.2, Winter 1982.
Maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s Jungle Red? Photos by Michele Singer for Jungle Red Studios. BOMB no.2, Winter 1982.
David Seidner interviews Paul Bowles in BOMB no.4, Fall 1982.
Umarla Klasa (The Dead Class) by Tadeusz Kantor in BOMB no.5, Spring 1983.
OC ♥ NY Art Book Fair is a month-long series of posts focused on the exhibitors of the New York Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter, Inc., Nov. 5-7th at MoMA PS1, and sponsored in part by Opening Ceremony. Here, BOMB's Paul Morris reminisces about the influential magazine's early days, overcoming the hurdles of D.I.Y. publishing, and the excitement of celebrating its upcoming 30th anniversary.
We've heard our share of jokes about the magazine's title over the years, and taken some flak for it too. What some folks don't know is that BOMB's name was inspired by an early 20th century journal called BLAST, which, like BOMB, was edited by practicing artists and writers. What's more is that for the original editors, the word "bomb" had another meaning: an inside joke that the magazine would bomb, crash-and-burn style, before too long.
In retrospect, this morbid humor and predestined sense of failure now seems like it was stitched into the fabric of the magazine's production itself. BOMB's early issues possessed a newspaper-like tactile quality combined with a paste-up, do-it-yourself layout style. They were oversized, delicate, and difficult to preserve - raw artifacts that captured the art and essence of a specific period in time. It was precisely this scrappy, ephemeral nature that inspired the magazine's recent redesign by our gifted team at Everything Studio.
As we gear up to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we've been thinking a lot about our history, how far we've come, and where we're headed. Nothing tells BOMB's story better than these vintage issues. We are very excited to share them with the public during the NY Art Book Fair next month. After flipping through their pages, you'll come away with a new appreciation for a magazine you thought you knew, not to mention a little newsprint on your fingertips.
- Paul Morris
Check out OC’s interview with BOMB co-founder and editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler here.
Order current and past issues of BOMB Magazine here.
unfortunately I missed the art tfseival this year. If I was there it would have been a good opportunity to introduce you to the photography peeps I go on the monthly trips with. Reply:April 19th, 2011 at 10:51 AMI met Franz Marzouca dunno if he's one of them and I think his friend was positioned beside him as well. I know Franz shoots for companies. His pieces were great many were B W classic looks.VN:F [1.9.11_1134]please wait...VN:F [1.9.11_1134](from 0 votes)