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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.
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    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
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June 27, 2012


jon abbey

I still talk about this place all the time, I saw so many great shows there, especially on their free Monday nights. Caspar Brotzmann Massaker, Royal Trux, Ruins, Borbetomagus, the first American show by godspeed you black emperor, Loren Connors/Keiji Haino, Dean Roberts and Alan Licht doing early Eno covers, on and on and on. I might not be running a label now if there was no Cooler.

and Tonic kind of filled some of the hole that the Cooler left, but nothing has filled the hole that Tonic left. ugh.


Re: " . . . once a dark, forbidding byway and the perfect place to get mugged, raped, abducted or stabbed . . .
Not in the early and mid-1990's. The Cooler was just a few steps west of the avenue. The Eagle Tavern was still in business across Ninth Avenue on the north side of 14th, Cafe Rio-Mar had its kitchen open until 3 a.m. a block away, and just another block down and around the corner was Florent around the clock. Plus, wasn't there a 24-hour bagel place more or less right next store? And Mother was the site of Jackie 60 and Night of 1,000 Stevies on a regluar basis.

Alex in NYC

That line wasn't meant to be taken entirely seriously. That said, in early and mid-1990s, the Meatpacking District was still a comparatively less traveled space.


Fair enough. Sorry for the overreaction. And boy, is "comparatively less traveled" an understatement. Me, I don't go near it. Unless I really need something from DVF or Stella McCartney.


I actually own a Peter Brötzmann CD, The Cooler Suite, that documents a gig I was in the audience for. One of two times I went there - the other time was to watch Borbetomagus, who were opening for Charles Gayle.

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