You didn't think I’d forgotten about this one, did you?
Opinions and speculations were divided about the location of Roberta Bayley’s photo of Blondie above (and others from the same shoot). I’d originally postulated that the picture may have been snapped at the mouth of Great Jones Alley, but — alas — certain elements didn’t add up. Gradually, others started to suggest that maybe the location wasn’t in Manhattan at all, but rather somewhere in Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx.
During the course of all this, I shot a note to Roberta Bayley herself via Facebook. I wasn’t sure if she’d engage, but it seemed worth a shot. It took a while, but sure enough, Ms. Bayley got back to me. Here’s what she said….
I was reading your blog, and yes I took all those Blondie photos, it was for a Punk magazine Fumetti commissioned by High Times magazine 1976. It's not Gary Valentine, only Clem showed up for the shoot (plus of course Debbie & Chris). The other guys are Legs McNeil, Tom Katz, & somebody else. The location is somewhere in Chelsea over in the west 20s as I recall.
So, there you have it. Where does that leave us, kids?
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