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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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Matt

That Fishbone '87 show was my first trip to the Ritz as a young hardcore kid from the 'burbs with an LIRR schedule. I've searched for mentions of it over the years, turning up little before today.

It was a search for the name of a defunct club from the same era that originally landed FP in my RSS subscriptions. Which is all to say, thanks for continually sharpening the edges of nostalgia's blurry recall.

Speaking of blurry - my memory includes the NY Citizens (and/or the Scofflaws) also being in that Fishbone lineup - though I was only there on night one?

Alex in NYC

You may be right about that, Matt. I seem to remember the Toasters the most from those shows, but I do seem to recall seeing The Scofflaws in the Ritz as well (as well as Urban Blight, but that was definitely a different gig).

David George

I saw Urban Blight @ The Ritz as well. Just one of many great shows.

I never went after it switched to Webster Hall. They just never seemed to have anyone I was interested in after that, which was very sad.

Crispin

I was was one of those Fishbone shows, though I can't remember which. It was one of those nights where the floor undulated from everyone jumping up and down, and at first I worried it might collapse and then I just didn't care.

Gojira

Oh my God, The Toasters! Great band!

My first foray into the Ritz was Halloween 1980, to see Siouxsie and the Banshees and I was as mesmerized by the space as I was by her eye makeup. Saw Prince there a couple of times, Shrapnel, The Rattlers, even Dwight Yoakam. But like you, when it turned back into Webster Hall, I found it less interesting. But thanks for the trips down Memory Lane...

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