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The Postpunk Project is a collaborative endeavor to create a well curated, high quality art book on the 80s postpunk and goth movement.

New York, NY Art Books
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Some wear leather, some wear lace. 

Some wear makeup on their face.

WHAT IS POSTPUNK?

SOME WEAR LEATHER, SOME WEAR LACE will showcase the early 80s with its punk and ''proto-goth'' movement.  A new wave, that was back then nameless, of music was born as a backlash to the subculture (now called postpunk). The style of postpunk fans was initially inspired by punk, while the non-punk elements were taken from the new romantic looks. In the second half of the 80s, the subculture became more ''on its own'' rather than the daughter of punk and gained a more original look, which focused on dramaticism (usually in the form of black clothing).

Around '86, the term goth slowly replaced postpunk (or new waver). In the early 90s the music started to develop and break away from the traditional postpunk sound. The name postpunk didn't really ''cover'' the scene anymore. Mainly postpunk is used to describe the music the scenegoers listened to, but since many postpunks dislike to be called goth (because of its later examples), they would rather associate themselves with their original taste in music and style: postpunk.

This is not the one and only truth about the development of goth. Some punks/newwavers/postpunks/goths from those days and from different countries explain it in another way because they have another perspective or experience with the scene. These special experiences and stories form the core our project.

WHAT'S THE BOOK GOING TO BE ABOUT?

Our endeavor is to archive and collect relevant stories and unique photos of the 80s postpunk and goth scene. The Postpunk Project aims to uncover goths and postpunks that should be displayed on an international level--the original, everyday fans of the scene. Additionally, we aim to highlight bands that shaped the scene but might have been forgotten. Our interviews with original goths and postpunks, and with writers and filmographers of the time enable us to compile a plethora of information on the time period and the scene as accurately as possible.

Ultimately, this will result in the curation of a well-designed, high quality art book full of interviews and photographs that carries the name SOME WEAR LEATHER, SOME WEAR LACE. Old and new goth fans will recognize this as a dedication to the legendary line in the a song from Sexbeat--a band that described all the peculiar sides of the '80s 'goth' scene.

WHY?

First of all, don't you feel like punk has had enough attention in the media as we do? Postpunk and goth are very underexposed even though they had a major influence on later music and fashion.  Many people who were into this style back then now look back on their youth. Current young people have the tendency to look back as well: they are interested in the early development of goth music, the subculture and its non-internet focused subcultural environment. 

We wish to remind the former how it was as well as to show the latter what it was like.

Dissatisfied with the few current books involving postpunk and goth (since they include the post-80s goth) we decided to stress the most important period: 1980-1990. We are especially interested in the birth of goth and the transition of punk to postpunk.  

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

  • Paying our photographers
  • Paying for the publication of our book

REWARDS

This is the best part!  Here's a run down of our rewards... we've worked hard so that you can have your pick!

"SOME WEAR LEATHER, SOME WEAR LACE" BOOK!  Under the "ORNAMENTS OF GOLD" tier, you can preorder the book!  For only $13 more you can get your name PUBLISHED in our book as a special contributor!

BATCAVE PRODUCTIONS COUPON.  You have two options: one pack with 3 buttons and a tshirt of your choice from the amazing Bat-cave productions mailorder or 3 buttons, a tshirt and a CD!  Under the "JIGSAW FEELING" (you will receive the book with this choice) and "ARABIAN KNIGHTS" tiers!

Check out all the buttons and shirts you could own!  Your choice!
Check out all the buttons and shirts you could own! Your choice!

SIGNED VIRGIN PRUNES/TUXEDO MOON ORIGINAL FLYER!!!!!  I don't think we can explain how amazing these are... and so SUPER RARE.  We have TWO original flyers from 2 different shows.  The first poster says: TUXEDO MOON 31 Janvier 1983/VIRGIN PRUNES 1er Fevrier 1983 from Sordides Sentimental.  The 2nd features great illustrations and says: "A New Form of Beauty... Live... 4November."  My guess it's just as old if not around that time!  You'll never see these ANYWHERE ELSE.  We will also feature these in our book!  Imagine owning a poster that is also published!!

SIGNED VIRGIN PRUNES POSTER! How much more amazing would your walls be with an autographed poster by Gavin Friday hanging on it?  Truly a collectors item!  Under the "IF I DIE" tier!

You can choose!
You can choose!

LA PELI DE BATATO DOCUMENTARY - This rare DVD is available in South America only!  This is your chance to see the incredible documentary about Batato, an eclectic member of the postpunk scene in the late 80s.  With English subtitles.

POSTCARDS - You will receive a random postcard OR you can request a specific one.  They've all got great images of 80s goths!

WINKLEPICKERS!  This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime purchase... ORIGINAL UNUSED 80s goth unisex shoes... please contact us ASAP to reserve your amazing shoes!  

THERE IS ONLY ONE UK6 LEFT!  Please read more under the $135 tier, "SHE'S A CARNIVAL."  With every purchase you get the book as well!

Please, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us!  We want all of our supporters to be happy with their rewards!  It's you guys who make this worthwhile and possible!  xo Andi and Marloes

www.postpunkproject.com

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Risks and challenges

There is no question of our DEDICATION to the project. The research has been a commitment to the Postpunk Project team for over a year now... we consider this project a DONE DEAL.

Our challenge is to find a publisher to print our book. If not, we will have to self publish.

We knew coming into this that we would not make money. Our hope is to simply come out of this EVEN. We only want to show the world how beautiful goths, postpunks and the like were in this amazing era.

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    HAPPY HOUSE. You'll have your name on the Postpunk Project website as a contributor! Whether you're new or familiar to postpunk, we thank you for liking and supporting this new project! You've got one month to donate as many dollar bills as you can! Keep them coming--everything starts with a dollar!

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    13 backers Limited (5 left of 18)

    CANDYMAN. Receive a beautiful goth postcard! This is your chance to own a lovely photograph that you can send to your friend or post on your wall! + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    I WANTED TO TELL HER. Receive this 12" vinyl 1983 single from Ministry + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    RED LIGHT. Receive the documentary "La Peli de Batato" from Argentina (with English subtitles) all about the infamous South American underground performer of the late 80s/early 90s. The documentary was made by an original goth! + your name on the site as a contributor! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    TENANT. Receive a Postpunk Project "goodie bag" of visual treats! + your name as a contributor on our website! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BRAIN? Receive the vinyl LP of Alien Sex Fiend's 1983 release + + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    LOST SOULS CLUB. Get this 1985 release from Seattle-based band The Blackouts + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVES. Own this SIGNED LP from Gavin Friday and the Man Seezer from 1989 (of the Virgin Prunes)!! + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    THIS CORROSION. Receive this 7" vinyl 1987 release from Sisters of Mercy + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    LOVE LASTS FOREVER. Receive a SIGNED copy of the Virgin Prunes' 1986 12" single straight from Gavin Friday himself! + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    NO WORDS. Receive the self-titled 1985 release vinyl LP from Clan of Xymox + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    PEEK-A-BOO. You'll receive a special digital insert of Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book featuring full-length interviews AND additional rare photos that can't be found in the published book. + your name as a contributor on our website!

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    IF I DIE. Receive a SIGNED Virgin Prunes poster by Gavin Friday! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    ARABIAN KNIGHTS. A CD, tshirt and 3 buttons of your choice from the BAT-CAVE mailorder. When you purchase this reward, you get to choose from all the great goth and postpunk merchandise from http://mailorder.bat-cave.pl + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE. Here it is! Your chance to own VINTAGE, REAL winklepickers! They are beautiful and they are first come, first serve according to sizes! Inquire for availability. + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    VIRGIN PRUNES. WOW... this is AMAZING. Straight from Gavin Friday, straight from 1983... receive this ORIGINAL flyer from a show played over 30 years ago! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    PAINTED BIRD. Receive a ONE OF A KIND painting by RIKK AGNEW (ex-Christian Death, ex-Adolescents) + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    ORNAMENTS OF GOLD. The OFFICIAL Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book hot off the press + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries out of Europe and the US.

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    OBSESSION. Along with the Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book, your name will be listed in the THANK YOU section of the published book! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    DON'T LOOK BACK. Receive a SIGNED copy of the 1986 Virgin Prunes single straight from Gavin Friday himself! + the Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book + your name will be listed in the THANK YOU section of the published book! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    A NEW FORM OF BEAUTY. Receive an ULTRA RARE SIGNED copy of the Virgin Prunes "A New Form of Beauty Part 2" compilation in 10" format straight from Gavin Friday. WOW. + the Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book + your name will be listed in the THANK YOU section of the published book! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    JIGSAW FEELING. A tshirt + 3 buttons of your choice from the BAT-CAVE mailorder. When you purchase this reward, you get to choose from all the great goth and postpunk merchandise from http://mailorder.bat-cave.pl + the Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book + your name will be listed in the THANK YOU section of the published book! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    SHE'S A CARNIVAL. Receive a pair of VINTAGE winklepickers! Straight from the Netherlands, these shoes are THE REAL THING + the Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book + your name will be listed in the THANK YOU section of the published book! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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    VOODOO DOLLY. The ultimate way to show your support... you will receive 2 passes to our exclusive book release concert and party in BERLIN, GERMANY. You will meet iconic goths and postpunks, hear some good music and meet the Postpunk Project team! (Dates tentative.) + the Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace book + your name will be listed in the THANK YOU section of the published book! + the digital insert + the Postpunk Project goodie bag + your name as a contributor on our website!! Please note that shipping might be extra for countries outside of Europe and the US.

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