August 27 2014

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They Were With The Band


Lydia Lunch: “T-shirts have become the daily uniform of every slob too lazy to button up a shirt front.” So the post-punk chanteuse prefaces Ripped ($30, Rizzoli), a new coffee-table (or tour van?) collection of rock tees cool enough to convince you to join the slob brigade and renounce buttons forever. Vintage dealer Cesar Padilla—chasing, he explains, a great, lost collection of band shirts thrown out by his mother—has gathered the best of the best for the new book, borrowing from the collections of Betsey Johnson, Thurston Moore, the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, and more. Banal but true: They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Shirts celebrating Television (above), the Kinks, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry are enough to send you straight to eBay (most often, probably without much success). For insider tips, Padilla will be on hand later this month to celebrate the book at Acne’s Greene Street shop. Good luck getting the shirt off his back.

Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli



  1. jrev77 says:

    Love the shirt; resent the “lazy slob” descriptor!

  2. michaeljohnkeegan says:

    Some people prefer knit dressing to starched button downs. Can’t beat a good t-shirt. Anna used to pair them with just about anything in her hey days.

  3. mugenpower says:

    I normally would prefer to dress up, but hey, you will never feel as comfortable as in a t-shirt!

  4. lima365 says:

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