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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 20, 2017

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David George

Disclaimer: I am and will always be a huge Stones fan, having first seen them on 06/22/75 @ MSG and last on 12/08/12 @ Barclay Center. Have seen them about 20 times total including the infamous "Show for Snow" on 04/22/79, the benefit Mr. Richards had to participate in as part of Toronto drug case. My shelves are filled with all the major and minor books on them and I have most of their catalog in three generations (LP plus orig CD plus the remastered versions). The point is I'm a diehard, lifelong fan.

That being said, I thought Exhibitionism was very good, but could have been even better. Given the huge amount of video and film out there, I expected more of that. The guitar displays appealed to me (as a musician), but noticeably absent were the main "players" (the most famous of the instruments they have used). I find this understandable, but it was still kind of disappointing.

My main gripe was there was very little regarding anyone but the four "survivors." I grew up in the Ron Wood era, and have no preference for Jones versus Taylor versus Wood: They were all very different periods. (And I do not believe Tattoo was their last credible LP, btw). But I think that Jones, Taylor, and Wyman got a bit short-changed in this exhibit overall.

I did enjoy it, but was surprised regarding some stuff that was missing.

David George

For those yet to attend: A highlight for me (as a bass player) was the Vox amp that legend has it was the reason Wyman got hired (it was huge for the time, though just a common configuration for decades now). What I found funny was that some of the books I have read made it sound like this amp was much, much bigger than it is: It's just a 2 X 10" combo, meaning two 10 inch speakers with the amp built in. To paraphrase what Bowie once said, it's sometimes best not to meet your heroes: they are often smaller than you imagined.

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