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  • Burning Flags Press
    The website of Glen E. Friedman. Renowned for both his work with musicians like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slayer (and many, many more) as well as his groundbreaking documentation of the burgeoning skateboard phenomenon in the late `70's, Glen has been privvy to (and has summarily captured on film) some of the coolest stuff ever. He's also an incredibly insightful and nice guy to boot.
  • SoHo Blues - Photography by Allan Tannenbaum
    Allan Tannenbaum is a local photographer who has been everywhere and shot everything, from members of Blondie hanging out at the Mudd Club through the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th. You could spend hours on this site, and I have.
  • Robert Otter Photographs
    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
  • oboylephoto
    Just some intensely cool photographs of abandoned places.
  • Rikki Ercoli's Legends of Punk
    Much like Glen E. Friedman (see above), Rikki Ercoli has managed to catch some amazing bands in their manic element.
  • Lost & Found Film
    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
    NYC landmarks shot through a pinhole lens. Neat-o.
  • Eugene Merinov
    Compelling shots of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave band performing live in various long-lost venues in a pre-sanitized New York City. Great stuff!
  • Edward Colver

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June 19, 2009

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Jill

I also went on an AYH bike trip the summer of 1979 in Cape Cod. It was really really fun and cost around $150 for 2 weeks. AYH had a storefront somewhere downtown, maybe in Soho? that was packed with affordable bike gear. I still have the orange saddlebags from that trip somewhere in storage (thus I will never actually lay eyes on them again). I wish they still ran those bike trips as my son would absolutely love it. Now all I see are expensive and fancy trips that don't have the same "let's go on a biking adventure" spirit.

Turned out the trip leader was a carpenter who lived in the East Village and my future husband (who I met 10 years later) worked on a few jobs with her. Small world.

hntrnyc

Bravo Alex on bringing this memory back to life for me. 1984 was also a banner year for me musically as I plunged into the heavier side.
Venom was one of those bands, along with Motorhead and GBH that bridged the two, formerly antagonistic camps in the Detroit hardcore scene of metalheads and punx.
I was dating a metal lass that was quite keen on the Crue and I was able to turn her on to GBH, which gained me immediate cred in her eyes.
Venom's "Lady Lust" was my introductory track.

Sebastian (RMM)

I also thought Motorhead the heaviest band around for some time, until I ran into a fellow metal-head (we recognized each other by our denim jackets with patches). He showed me the Welcome to Hell patch on his back and said: this band is 10x louder than Motorhead. I never forgot that. What I did forget was the name of the band. Months later, on holiday in a different town, I saw another metal head walk around with a WTH-patch. A quick peek on his back and the hunt for 'Venom' could truly begin. I entered a record store, like, 10 minutes later and put WTH on over headphones. Maximum volume (and too scared to be taken for a sissy to ask if they could turn it down a notch). My, was that loud. My new favorite band for 1982 and years to come. Good times...

Alex in NYC

Jill -- AYH was indeed in Soho, on Spring Street (when Soho was a very different place)

NYCDreamin

Very nicely written piece, Alex - thanks for sharing your memories. My best Venom story is that I used to read Metal Edge Magazine religiously - and every month they had these rediculous contests like "Win Bon Jovi's Pants!" or "Win Blackie Lawless' Codpiece" and autographed LPs and all this other crazy stuff. I used to enter them all, thinking I MIGHT win something if I did.

One month they were giving away copies of a limited edition, numbered box set called "Here Lies Venom" - including 1st three albums and a picture disc of American Assault. I entered the contest and forgot about it. A month or so later I got home from school one day and there's this box sitting on my bed...I open it and it's the Venom box set. Needless to say I was thrilled - my parents much less so.

I wish I still had it but I sold it several years back in my mid-20's when I needed some xtra cash. The buddy I sold it to still has it and says I can pay full market value for it any time I want it back...they go for around $300.00 last I checked.

And I agree, "Rip Ride" is still one hell of a great song...

Siegbran

>How an entire community of Church-burning, murderous Scandiweigans failed to see the humor in Venom continues to stump me.

They certainly did not fail too catch the toungue in cheek-ness (witness all the comedy Venom cover bands there), they just saw that the potential of this primitive racket + evil lyrics concept would be a lot more compelling with the humour aspect stripped out.

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