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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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August 27, 2012


Patti Sirens

I remember the Sin Club! I was the bassplayer in a band called Mistaken Identity, and we played the sin club in august of 1983. If I remember right, it had been a polish or ukranian bar, there were these huge cabinets with glass doors that displayed a bunch of model ships. The bands played in the back room but there were still some old geeezers drinking at the bar.


The husband went to that show at Columbia and confirms that 1983 sounds right and thinksit might have been an aternoon show. He reports on the whereabouts of Rat at Rat R. Sonda the bass player has a graphics company or something in Arizona. John the guitar player is the orchestra meister for Glenn Branca. Dave and Victor were last seen in Pennsylvania. Dave might have a kid.

He also says that those three bands also played together at the Sin Club, for which he has a long story about coming home to apartments almost getting robbed via the fire escape, scaring them off with a broken bass neck, and the thieves left behind bags of dope on the window sill.

Glenn Belverio

I have a semi-foggy memory of going to the Sin Club to see a punk band called (I think) Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (they were kind of a rip-off of Alien Sex Fiend) in 1987. It was still there then, right? I remember it being in a basement, under what is now the Maria Cafe in the little building that is falling down.


The Sin Club was open for 7 months in 1983. It had been a bar managed by Rosevelt. Eric Anderson partnered with Rosevelt and that was when Safety In Numbers was formed. The police closed The Sin Club down in the Fall, 1983.
The Noise Rock music was the brain child of Michael Pettis.

Alex in NYC

Cheers, Eric.

Mark Satlof

Hi Alex - I've been thinking about the Swans/Sonic Youth Columbia gig recently, sparked by reading Kim Gordon's book. I was at Columbia at the time, a sophomore, and involved in the concert committee (but can't remember anything about this show). So it was fun while googling to find this story. I have the vaguest memory of Sonic Youth NOT making this show, but I haven't found any proof of that. I think i was there and remember it being kinda empty.


I was a bouncer at the club in '83. Mike Pettis booked the shows. Good old days.

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