As the frigid winter quickly approaches, what better way is there to think warm thoughts than reminiscing over hot times had at past Vans Warped Tours?
Two retrospective releases, both featuring Southern California's finest bands and the country's most extreme athletes, should help the fond memories flow like so much blood from knees skinned on a skate ramp.
On February 4, "Punk Rock Summer Camp" will be issued on DVD by indie label Side One Dummy, according to a spokesperson for the label. Originally shot in 1998 and released later that year on VHS, the video documents what life is like aboard the longest-running festival show in the U.S. with backstage interviews, fan comments, performance footage from bands such as Bad Religion, NOFX, Rancid and Deftones, and extreme sports demos from pro skaters Andy McDonald and Steve Caballero and BMX trickster Rick Thorne.
Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go to nonprofit charity organizations including Camp Pacific Heartland, offering summer camp opportunities for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS; the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves and beaches; and the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation.
Those who can't wait the two months for "Punk Rock Summer Camp" to drop can get their Warped fix with "Warped Book: Tales of Freedom and Psychotic Ambition." The 200-page coffee-table tome was created by Warped tour founder Kevin Lyman, rock photographer Lisa Johnson and author Heidi Siegmund Cuda, whose previous work includes the graphic novel "Sublime's Brad Nowell: Crazy Fool (Portrait of a Punk)" and "Got Your Back: Protecting Tupac in the World of Gangsta Rap." Told through pictures and personal accounts from bands such as Pennywise, the Vandals and Ice-T, the book recounts the Warped history from its inception in 1995 through the 2001 tour.
"Warped Book: Tales of Freedom and Psychotic Ambition" was on sale at this summer's tour, and is now available at Virgin Megastore outlets and online at www.warpedbook.com.