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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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September 14, 2017

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NoOriginalArt

I read this earlier but couldn't write anything in comment, I was that saddened by the news of Grant's death. I first saw him and Husker Du at some crappy club in downtown Minneapolis back in the 80s, when I was enduring exile in grad school.

(I will never get over the nightmare of Minnesota winters. Maybe it's because you're forced to hole up for so many months of the year that all these great bands come out of there, though I'll also bet it's why I saw so much alcoholism and rehab places in the Twin Cities.)

Anyway it was a good crowd, great show: but what made it memorable for me was that Grant came out a few minutes after the show to drink with the fans. Unlike Bob Mould, who could be remote even during the liveliest of performances, Grant seemed genuinely happy to be on stage and even happier to talk with people in the audience. I regret not following his career post-Husker Du, but once I moved out of Minnesota it seemed like he dropped out of sight. (I also wasn't hanging out at clubs anymore, because job, kids and single momhood.) Reading about Grant's passing felt like a chunk o' my youth died and went away too.

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