Portland, Oregon author and music Mark Sten has detailed the peak years of the once flourishing punk music scene in his brand new book, “ALL AGES: THE RISE AND FALL OF PORTLAND PUNK ROCK 1977-1981. The huge soft bound book is currently in limited edition printings, and will be in rather limited supplies until the second printing, but it it an awesome catalog of some amazing talent in the Portland area that were often backup local acts for national and international punk acts including The Dead Kennedys, The Dils, Black Flag as well as other acts. Locally, Portland produced some very talented punk scene guitarists including Greg Sage and Jimi Haskett. and some memorable vocalists such as Rozz Rezabek, a former boyfriend of Courtney Love. Some musicians had been involved in the punk scene since their teens, where some clubs were open to all ages as music venues.
Mark Sten’s large book is a very impressive catalog of photos, posters and information about the golden age of the Portland’s punk scene which was a decent rival to the larger Los Angeles and Seattle punk scenes. This book is required reading for any serious music historians out there. Check out Amazon and other sources to find a copy to purchase.