About the Book
The 1980 punk rock scene in Austin, Texas centered on Raul's Club, featuring the Big Boys, the Dicks, and their fans. BIG BOYS DICKS is a history and photographic portrait by Mark Goodman. From the introduction: My own life changed in July 1980 when I moved from New York, where I’d spent a decade photographing children in one small town, to teach photography classes at the university in Austin. I was in my early thirties, lived three blocks from the Drag, and regularly walked about the neighborhood carrying a 120mm twin-lens camera with a flash plugged into a 510-volt battery pack, asking people if I might photograph him or her on the spot. My brief encounters with punk rock participants were casual and unplanned. A student’s boyfriend played bass in a band (the Shades), and the night they played at Raul’s (along with the Big Boys), several of us went to see and hear them after class. On a Sunday afternoon, a “punk fashion show” was held at Blitz, “a secondhand clothing store—and more,” featuring short performances by the Stains and the Dicks; the “Torn Panties,” not a band, but a gang of girls who ran around with the Dicks, dressed in DIY costumes for the event. By chance, I photographed at the Dicks’ first record release party held inside Inner Sanctum Records (now, a Starbucks), just around the corner from the Drag and a couple of blocks south of Raul’s where the Dicks and the Big Boys and other band members (none of whom I knew anything about), fans, and college students congregated. [PLEASE CLICK PREVIEW TO SEE SAMPLE PAGES.]
Mark Goodman graduated from Boston University, in 1970, with a degree in Anthropology, and then studied photography with Minor White. A year later, he attended Apeiron Workshops in Photography and began a twenty-year documentary project taking pictures of a generation of children growing up in the nearby village of Millerton, New York. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1977); his photographs were featured in Aperture 19:4 (1975); exhibited in a one-person show at the George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York (1980-1981) ; and A Kind of History: Millerton, New York 1971-1991 was selected by Vince Aletti in the Village Voice as one of the Top Ten Best Photography Books of 2000. Since 2005, he has published limited edition books and portfolios of photographs and personal essays.