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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.
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    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.
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    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
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  • 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.
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    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
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April 08, 2017


Tim Broun

MacDougal was NOT actually the original location of Bobs. The original was, I believe, actually on Bleecker somewhere. I think MacDougal was the 2nd location. And the West 3rd Street stop was actually the longest tenured by far. Drop me a line on Facebook if you want to know the original location & I can probably find out for you.

My guess is this is NOT Bleecker Bobs. I'm sure they had a payphone but it would have been behind the counter, on the left as you entered. In this shot there's a guy on a wall phone on the right visible through the door. Ay Bobs, to the right there was a dual level t-shirt/clothing section - staircase & all.

Tim Broun

Could I actually have used the word "actually" any more? Jeez.

David George

I don't think it's BB's. I don't think that the front window matches. There's seam in the window running through the neon sign as there is in the photo in question--it's running through the "S" (and there's also no circle around the words).

David George

I meant there's "no seam"...


Her name, not that it really matters because we're supposed to be post-gendered now. (Like we were supposed to be post-racial after Obama became president, but I digress.) It's my Twitter handle, which was made up after a late-night drinking session with a bunch of artist friends who agreed that there is No Original Art anymore. (Don't believe me? Go see this year's Whitney Biennial and ask yourself if it's really any different than the shows they had during the Reagan years.)

Anyway, yeah, I was thinking Bob may have been joking around when he put the Disco Headquarters sign up. Thanks to Studio 54 and the cocaine & limousine scene in Midtown, the genre became despised among the punk and metal cohort, maybe more so than the music deserved. I couldn't help noticing the racial divide between the punk and disco dance clubs downtown, or the presence of skinheads at some of the skeezier headbanger bars. Not that Bleecker Bob's was part of any of that. The downtown record stores were relatively calm havens to those of us just looking for old T.Rex or Velvet Underground albums.


@David George- This isn't an argument, these are just observations based on my senile old memory.

At various times Bleecker Bob's didn't have the round neon sign on the window. I can remember walking by the store and noticing that there was no neon on the front, just a lot of promotional and concert posters and flyers. The round sign also wasn't there for very long: neon signs can be a bitch to keep on, speaking as one who used to work at a bar where they had no less than six neon beer signs on the front window. There's something about the little transformer box that burns out easily; if somebody bumps it while cleaning the window, god help you because it'll stop working and you have to call in a repair guy who'll take your firstborn in exchange for making it work again. (This is why bar windows are disgustingly filthy at some places.)

The W. 3rd Street store had two smaller neon signs which were still up when the place closed forever. One just said "RECORDS," until it was replaced by a fancier one resembling a logo. Did Bob have the plain RECORDS sign on the old MacDougal store as well? I don't recall. Because senioritis, as my kids like to tell me.

David George

Certainly wasn't taking it as an argument: I.' just as curious as everyone else. I like these sorts of quizzes.

Thanks for the lesson on neon. Had no idea.

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