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Noteworthy Photography

  • 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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January 27, 2012

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H.F.

'Ringo' was indeed named John. He was in Tuff Darts, an excellent and very nice fellow.

Alex in NYC

Ringo was in the Tuff Darts? No shit!

sebastian

I once picked up the story that one of Bob's fits of rage caused him to have a heart attack which damaged his brain in such a way that it disabled him to walk. No clue how valid this story is though.

Claribel

When Jeremiah/Ken Mac posted the news, I've been checking your blog hoping to see you post about it. Thank you for adding dimension and perspective on the loss of Bleecker Bob's on that block. That Bob could be awful to his customers and employees and so contribute to the demise of his business there, is sad too. The West Village of my youth that embraced eccentrics, creatives, and all types who made it interesting and exciting, characterized the NYC I love and took pride in, not the commercial West Village today that's taking over, identified more by people's purchasing instead of their creative power, as well as being a campus town for NYU. I'd think I'd rather have an a**hole Bob than an a**hole banker or SATC-type, or iced mocha frappucino lovers (they're not drinks, they're f*cking sundaes, ok?). Hope he finds a new place in the EV, even though that neighborhood is threatened too. I'm not a writer, so not being able to articulate my own sadness about this can be a little suffocating, so thanks again for your insights.

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I believe it is although I haven't seen it in a while. It was also the store that Seinfeld based a store on in the episode where Kramer tries to sell used records.

Garage Door Schaumburg

I wish your friendship will be ever lasting and god bless you both, I guess you had a very good time together. The image describing Motorhead is horrible one. Anyways nice post, keep rocking!!

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The West Village of my youth that embraced eccentrics, creatives, and all types who made it interesting and exciting, characterized the NYC I love and took pride in, not the commercial West Village today that's taking over, identified more by people's purchasing instead of their creative power..

Jack Lance 88

never say vinyls, bob's are a bit expensive,I prefer Bleecker Bob's 30 years ago.I rarely stop in anymore, and the rare times I do,

karen eliot

Bob had a stroke, not a heart attack, although I'm sure his rageaholic personality was to blame. Last I heard he was wheelchair-bound but that was years ago, dunno his situation these days.

Eric Hansen

As of September 14, Bleeker Bobs is still open, with the expectation they will relocate soon to the East Village. I bought an obscure, but not rare, Cramps compilation CD for less than $10 - not an avid record collector so not really concerned if any of the rare stuff is overpriced.

Do I have the correct impression that for a number of years Bob got extra revenue by subletting the 3rd St. store to a succession of jewelry and/or T-shirt vendors that worked independently of his operation? I suspect he depended on that revenue source to help cover expenses, but it no longer exists.

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