A tiny bit of backtracking preamble first…..
For over a decade, I had the distinct honor of working at TIME Magazine, specifically for the News Desk, which put me at the center of the hourglass between the magazine's editorial staff and the network of correspondents around the world. As a result, I was fortunate enough to befriend journalists in virtually every major city across the globe, given that I was the voice on their phone at 3 AM, gently informing them that news was breaking in their backyard and we needed them on the scene. While it came with a somewhat grueling schedule (two overnights a week, which did irreparable damage to my circadian rhythms), it was an immensely gratifying job. Ten years after leaving the operation, I feel a strong, familial kinship with all of the folks from TIME I worked alongside. I miss them all quite a bit.
In any case, relatively late into my tenure at the magazine, a journalist joined TIME’s London bureau, and in my semi-regular dealings with her, I became genuinely amazed to discover that she was married to one of my heroes, that being the inimitable Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill. It seemed inconceivable to me that there was only one degree of separation between me and an iconoclast of British post-punk (especially when Gill was drafted to produce the 2003 album by my beloved Killing Joke). I remain in awe.
In any case, said journalist recently posted a pic on her Facebook page of what I believe to be an exhibition of Anton Corbijn’s photographs, specifically featuring this striking photo of Gang of Four in New York City below (cropped from her original pic).
I scoured the `net looking for another representation of this picture, but have come up empty. I’d love to see a more detailed print of it.
Can anyone name the location?
Here’s a bit of vintage live Gang of Four from 1981…..