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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 24, 2017

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David George

Bowie said something to the effect that one should never seek to meet one's heroes (because disappointment will surely follow). I've always subscribed to that and aside from having the chance to interview a couple of musical luminaries as a college journalist (Johansen, Jim Carroll) and the very few times I spoke to musicians I admired at shows (Graham Maby, Joe Jackson's long-time bass player, who is truly a hero of mine) I really prefer not to delve too deeply into the private thoughts or political views of anyone famous who I like. Sure, I admired The Clash (one of my top two bands) for their political convictions, which I felt were pretty hard to disagree with most of the time. But I'd really rather not know most of the time.

Regarding the NFL protest, as one with zero interest in that sport, all I can say is that any efforts aimed at pissing in The Idiot's Wheaties is fine by me. I don't think it will make a speck of a difference in terms of the 'conversation' at hand, but I'm just holding out hope that the The Idiot will grow tired and bored of being so consistently hated and go back to being the NY clown and failure he was for decades, before the Barcolounger-Riding Flyover State residents anointed him their idiot-in-chief.

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