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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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March 15, 2017

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David George

...a laborious chore for the ear

And how. That's one of those songs just seeing the printed title triggers that soundtrack in my head and it takes some effort to shut it down.

NoOriginalArt

The video footage in "Wishing Well" comes from the 70s. When I saw the one guy slide open the window on the subway train to look past the spray painted pane, I laughed. Much has been said about the crumbling infrastructure of the US, but today's public transportation has nothing on the decrepit state of MTA in the 70s. When I tell my kids I refused to sit down on the benches in the subway back then because the interiors were filthy, they just stare at me in disbelief. They think that next, I'll be telling them we used to hitch dinosaurs to the stone-wheeled cart to fetch supplies in town. (Oh wait, we didn't have stores back then. We had to hunt or gather everything from Central Park.)

But back to Free: yeah, "All Right Now" was terrible back in the 70s and still is today. I think it became popular radio fare because some DJ thought it was a great story about picking up an easy hippie chick.

URLBrenner

I don't think it's an awful song but I hear you. As far as why classic rock radio just chooses to play that one song by Free...yeah...why? But then again who listens to terrestrial radio for music anymore. FM rock radio died a long, long time ago. With all that said, the album that song comes from, 'Fire and Water' from 1970 is probably one of the best rock albums of that era. I suggest you give it a listen and then you will be asking yourself again, why IS it that Free is only known for that one song.

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