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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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June 13, 2016

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URLBrenner

I don't think I walked into Footlight until around the same time you did in the early 90s and I have similar recollections. Fun store that always had some interesting stuff with an emphasis on Broadway which was cool but really not my bag. Nevertheless it was always worth visiting and browsing around. They also had a lot of old school vocalists like Julie London, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sinatra, etc. which I'm a bigger fan of now then I was back then. I did buy some Exotica stuff there as I recall.

Regarding the picture, it's not for me to say because I wasn't in there in 1980, but if they were always known for Broadway and Sinatra stuff, it seems to me that perhaps that shot is from different store. The records on the wall behind the girl look like a really nice collection of early rock and roll, not really the stuff Footlight was known for in the 90s and early 2000s. Also, the displays on the wall at Footlight were more uniformly arranged with maybe three even rows across of LPs on display. Oh...and I don't ever remember a pinball machine. Maybe it was under different management at that time (?).

Anna

This is a delayed response, but the record store in the photo in actually Infinite Records, which used to be on Mercer Street. There was a pinball machine right next to the entrance that had few steps (you can see the iron railing.) Since it was a candid shot, probably taken on the fly through the door, he may not have recalled which oldies record store he photographed. I think the spirit of the image remains the same.

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