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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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RichG

the one thing I remember about Pier Platters was asking if I could use the bathroom and being told tersely "there is no bathroom in this store" by a long red hair girl who sometime later I saw hanging out with T. Moore and Co at Villa Della Pace on 7th street...

For me a magical store was 99 - Ed would take the time to suggest and play records ( to an 18 yr old with not much money )- the guy was so understated and cool ...

Jeff Jotz

Well NJ is something I know a little bit about, so I'll chime in. Pier Platters was probably your archetypal indie record store if you go by snob credentials alone. The clerks were indifferent to customers and exuded an air of exclusivity.
Tunes a few blocks north on Washington St. first appeared in the 90s and exclusively sold digital media, IIRC. The store is still around and you were able to buy tickets for shows at Maxwell's not long before the 2013 closure.
I don't recall the staff of Midnight Records on 23rd St. being very welcoming, but I was only a timid, record-hunting HS student when I started shopping there. Second Coming was my favorite place to buy CDs in NYC.

Gaylord Perry

Thurston Moore is losing his cred by the day. Soon he'll be the alt-Dave Grohl.

David George

I lived in Hoboken from '82 to '88 (and coincidentally rehearsed in the same building as SY).

My recollection was that PP was OK and just OK. I definitely remember an off-putting attitude. It always felt like an outpost and in the sticks. I never considered it a New York store. I much preferred RiYH, Sounds, and many other places all since gone.

arem

This is funny because there is a book about record collecting called Vinyl Junkies in which Thurston talks very enthusiastically about what a haven Bleecker Bob's was, and how he would steal 20 bucks out of his Mom's purse back in 77 so he could come to the city and buy records there.

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