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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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February 04, 2013



A few things :
1)I can't remember who said this first(paraphrased)..."The music we listened to in our teens will be the music that we not only think is the best EVER, but will be the touchstone for ALL the music we listen to for the rest of our lives....and it will NEVER measure up to that standard".
And I think it was in a book written in the 60s about music in the 40s, so they weren't even talking directly about rock.
I have found it to be a truism for film, comedy, burgers, etc. I guess it's called aging, and I'm not trying to be snippy when I say that. I'm always questioning this weird process of getting older. I look in the mirror (I'm 62), and I'm wondering who the hell is this geezer I'm looking at......OH....MY.....GOD.....It's ME.....YIKES!!!
2)I get to talk to alot of 'yoots, and music is simply not as central to their lives as it was to ours. A MASSIVE whack of competition for a young person's attention/span these days. They also can't THINK of music SOLELY as an audio's ALWAYS accompanied in their minds with a moving visual picture. Since they have had no experience with what we had (Me = Janis, Joni, etc ; You = Siouxie(sp), Blondie, Chrissie, etc.), Bebouncy fits the bill. (I also think she's NOT ALL THAT.) But as I'm discovering over the years, nobody REALLY cares what I think.....they're 'YOOTS. (Did you give a rat's ass what your folks thought about the Dead Kennedys?)
3)One of the things I was ALWAYS interested in was WHERE my favorite musics came from. You know.....tracing punk/new wave to rock to rock'n'roll to rockabilly to R&B(old school 40s) to jazz to swing to blues to ragtime to marching band to folk musics (and on, and NOT straight-line evolutionary or exclusive).
Now think of the extra periods and types of music between then (mid-60s/70s)and now. WHAT an amazing challenge, that is HIGHLY complicated by most music being multi-mediated to death.(Start with EDM, and work backwards.) It's no wonder that some kind of experience of the roots of the music they are listening to/watching TOTALLY evades them. Thus, Beboring can seem like a BIG deal to them, while we think Billie Holiday might be nodding off from the obviousness of it all.
But it also points to the importance of music education in schools....which as you are well aware is under attack. And I'll stop (THANK GOD:+) with the fact that I think there is still some pretty good music out just takes ALOT of work to find it....and unfortunately the places to hear it live have mostly disappeared. I place my hope in more and MORE livestreaming to introduce people to a smidgen of what LIVE music can be....and that MIGHT produce a new demand for more live music venues.
Naaaah.....good luck wit'dat!

And sorry for your loss.....may they Rest In Rhythm.

Alex in NYC

Awesome, insightful response, Doctor. Thanks!

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