As far as I’m concerned, given my predilections, there simply cannot be too many books about the storied legacy of NYC’s underground music scene. As such, seemingly tailor-made to my tastes, a forthcoming book crossed my radar today, and I am well up for it.
Compiling the scene photographs of one Karen O’Sullivan, “Somwhere Below 14th & East” is slated for release this spring, courtesy of DiWulf Publishing. You can find out more about the project by clicking right here.
In doing same, though, I noticed the shot below, a photo snapped within, I believe, the notoriosuly low-ceiling’ed confines of A7 (currently the comparatively genteel back-room of Jesse Malin’s Niagara on Avenue A at East 7th Street.
I’m excited to check out all of O’Sullivans pics, but I got excited about this one, as if features a then-future member of Cop Shoot Cop!
Yep, in the bottomr right hand corner, you can spy a pensive-looking Jack Natz. The band onstage, meanwhile, is Whipping Boy.
You might remember I spoke to and about Jack back on this post when the Cop Shoot Cop book was still don the front burner. At this time of this undated photo, he may have either been playing within the rans of Virus, or possibly still with The Undead, flanking Bobby Steele.
That’s a good enough excuse to exhume this great video. I spoke of it at greater length here, but here’s Natz, Pat Blank and Bobby Steele circa 1982…