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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 23, 2017



I've always found this an interesting topic to explore especially for people like us who were born in the mid/late 60s. It was an interesting time for children to take in all of the information and music that was out there at that time...I guess the psychologists call it 'primary process'. I was born at the end of 1966 and my parents were very young people so popular, folk and rock music genres were in the air at all times. I don't remember THEE first song I heard. My earliest memories rather are of the radio and being from the NY/NJ area the first radio station I remember hearing was 77 WABC back in its prime as one of major Top 40 AM giants in the country. The earliest songs I remember hearing were probably The 5th Dimension 'Age of Aquarius', The Mamas and Papas version of 'This is Dedicated to the One I Love' and The Beatles 'Hey Jude'. I also remember hearing Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds and early Neal Diamond. If I hear a song now like 'It's a Shame' by The Spinners it also brings me back to that time. There were records in our house but when you're a toddler you have no point of reference as to who or what they are. Later in life when I connected the dots I realized my parents owned albums by Theodore Bikel, Johnny Mathis, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel and Henry Mancini. There's even a picture I have taken with a Polaroid Land Camera where I can spot a copy of The Songs of Leonard Cohen laying on a table in the background. One of the more interesting things about being a child back in the 60s was that there was a ton of music that had alot of non-verbal vocalizing in it. Alot of 'ooos' 'dee dee dee' 'da da da' 'ba ba ba' 'whoa whoa' and that kind of thing. When you're 2 years old and learning to speak that stuff is real accessible.

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