Buy Me, Boston Volume 1

(2018, Wax Facts Press)

294 Pages, 392 color and black & white images. Softcover 6" x 9"


Take a trip to the Boston of yesteryear, guided by advertisements for the businesses and characters that made the city tick in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s – restaurants, hair salons, bands, bars, clothing boutiques and more.

Buy Me, Boston features over 375 vintage advertisements, posters and flyers. These images have been scanned from original sources, including issues of The Boston Phoenix, The Real Paper, The Bay State Banner, Boston After Dark, Boston Rock and many more, straight from the stockpiles of renowned archivists and historians like David Bieber, Kay Bourne, Chuck White and Wayne Valdez.

Compiled and curated by journalist Brian Coleman, Buy Me, Boston is a unique, time-traveling journey back to a city that exists only in the fond memories of longtime denizens. Whether you patronized these establishments and happenings the first time around, or just want to know more about our unique town and the people whose energy and creativity fuels it, this book guarantees smiles with the turn of every new page.



“[Buy Me, Boston] will take any old Bostonian down memory lane and show newcomers what Boston was like during the hippie days of the 1960s, the punk rock of the '70s and the alternative rock of the '80s.”

[Chosen as one of the “Best Books of 2018”]

– WGBH-FM (Henry Santoro)

“A snapshot of a particular time and place when the city bristled with an alt-weekly energy, an underground thrust, and a whole lot of questionable hairstyles. Coleman has created a treasure chest of Boston memorabilia, reminding longtime dwellers of things we didn’t even know we missed.”

– Boston Globe (Nina MacLaughlin)

“A romp through this city’s dirty-water years… it’s an experience meant to be shared.”

– Boston Magazine (Shaula Clark)

“This is about the best history book you will find about our culture. It’s all true, I was there!”

– Willie “Loco” Alexander

“A time capsule, showing what independent papers in the Boston area looked like from the 1960s through the ‘80s.”

– Sue O’Connell, NECN

NEXT EVENT: SUN, DEC 15, 3 pm free!


 Mass College of Art & Design’s SIM Dept x Buy Me, Boston Video Loft

“Study Break Video Freakout”

FREE to students and the general public

DMC Lecture Hall, Mass Art, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston

[closest T stop: Longwood on the Green / E line]


The Massachusetts College of Art & Design (via the MassArt SIM Department’s Antony Flackett) is teaming up with Boston historian and author Brian Coleman to put on a “Study Break Video Freakout” on Sunday afternoon, December 15.

It is meant as a “clear your head and have some fun” for MassArt students getting ready for finals, and is free and open to the public. Any Bostonians who enjoy seeing weird, wild and wonderful historical video footage are also invited to attend.

It’s a 2.5 hour event, so people can drop in for 30 minutes, or stay for the whole affair.