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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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November 18, 2010


Steve H

Once when I was interviewing Henry Rollins, he told me that he'd been asking security at the venues the Rollins Band played which shows had the most violent audiences, and the most common answer by far was Slayer.


I'm thinking the name "the ritz" was around as early as 78 if not earlier, you know for us old timers the difference of a year or two is an eternity - and you forgot to mention, after the Ritz it was called "the Rock Hotel" for a number of years... I think even in 86, maybe it was "The Rock Hotel at The Ritz"?


and oh yeah, a great show there circa '86, '87 was Motorhead with the Cro-mags opening (only time i ever saw the Cro-mags when they were actually pretty good). Slayer indeed were peaking during this era, i saw them a irving plaza a year before or after with BARK MARKET opening (extremely underrated) First show i remember there was the Stimulators - not even enough of us to line the front of the stage!

Alex in NYC

The Rock Hotel started off on Jane Street and then re-located to The Ritz on certain nights (i.e. they were synonymous).

IT was Motorhead, The Cro-Mags, Wendy O. Williams and S.O.D. (I still have the flyer).

Barkmarket -- Dave Sardy's band -- EXTREMELY underrated!!!

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