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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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June 03, 2017



Binbon was on Second Ave and I think 5th or 6th Street. We used to go there in late 70's early 80's.

It's know as the site where Jack Henry Abbot murdered Richard Adan in 1981.

David George

Have always been a big fan of Jackson and I've always respected his caustic approach toward fans. For example, when Big World (1986) was recorded live before an audience, they were told to keep quiet. I though that was great at the time.


If you have not actually listened to N&DII I highly recommend it. If N&DI was Joe falling in love with the NY of the early 80's then N&DII is him having reconsidering his place in a much changed city. Some tracks have guest lead vocals including one great turn from Marianne Faithfull. Start with this track:


Joe lived around the corner from Binbon and many a night was asked to leave nicely and sometimes not in a nice way at all LOL
I met him in Dublin in 1981? and he was cool then saw him on 2nd avenue a year later and he was a complete asshole


Well, kids, back in the days before Photoshop, we used to take an X-Acto blade and physically cut an image in order to superimpose it on another picture of a place where the person or object had never been. Actually, I don't think that's the case with the N&D II album cover. I'll bet it was taken really late at night, when a cab might pull over onto an otherwise vacant one-way street, facing the wrong direction. (Though I gotta say, that area never ever has no traffic on the streets. I swear, at ungodly 4 a.m. I've seen cars going down West Broadway in a constant stream.) Plus, riding in a cab late at night downtown can be a surreal experience. I once had a driver who cut around a line of cars waiting to make a left hand turn on Broadway (cannot remember the cross street), blew the red light and turned down the street. I was sitting in the back, thinking, 'O shit, o shit, I hope I'm drunk enough not to feel anything if we get in an accident.' I got home in one piece, happily, but for months afterwards, I'd only take the subway out of downtown to get home.


True to form, the only time I met JJ was as a kid, after a show at Lewisham Odeon in about 1979. As we were moving towards the exit, in the crush of people in the lobby, I looked up at the extremely tall chap next to me in the crowd. It was Joe. I was (and am) a big fan, and after catching his eye, haltingly expressed that. "Piss off", he replied. I think I liked him even more after that.

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