Avoiding black puddles sluice and steam vents billowing in the cold ,
made my way through town after some hours of snow fall in the morning
and found myself hesitating around ol'St.Marks Place.
Popped into Kim's but found almost nothing of interest , whole thing felt so faded
so many CD's of ... stuff filed into Staff's choices , genre names ,
stuff useless to most but lined up almost pinned in place like an old thing you used to play with.
St Marks Books where I have spend many hours in these NYC decades,
came across a Euro picture book Band Of Outsiders foreword by the guy from Interview 'O'Brien so you know it will have Warholin it (where's Edo? heard enough about the 'other half'already), but there among those photos there were many others of the raw early 'punk'(an unfortunate turn of name , doncha think?) and No Wave's time.
B&W photos of Diego Cortez , Lydia Lunch , James Chance , Bradley Fields ,
Adele B , Scott and Beth B just sitting on cars in front of CBGB's or lined up for the one shot.
One with Jim Jarmusch , Klaus Nomi and Chris Parker from Jim's "Permanant Vacation".
just kicking it in front of CBGB's , captured what NYC was like then, everyone casual and semi friends , no one with alot of money but sharing some time to kill.
These photos I note because I came to NYC that spring of '78 and was in the same clubs , knew some of the same people and shared smokes and drinks with them too.
A photo of director Nicholas Ray smoking a cig at CBGB's ...
You know who that is - right ?
Some amazing photos , wait - two whole contact sheets of Iggy And The Stooges @ Max's (or was it Electric Circus ?). Iggy in the cover of Raw Power phase , peroxide blonde
and shirtless , the other Stooges just looking so dark and druggy , one guitarist wearing a black corset cut out gimme danger little stranger.
Supremely wasted in the 1970's.
Cue "Dum Dum Boys" off The Idiot.
Bowie and Jackie Curtis in R Cutrone's cage up on second floor of The Mudd Club,
must have been right around the time I met the Bowie @ Mudd ,
same period before release of "The Lodger" when he shot the "I Am The DJ" video (same track featured in the recent silly Sat Radio ad where Snoop is looking for his big neck rack and Bowie has it).
Richard Hell concentrating on posing in his Apt. mirror,
possibly the same E 12th St. Apt. he's always been in.
Walking back thinking of photographer Roberta Bayley whose excellent work is in the same book ,
thinking of all those people who made up those scenes (Max's , Mudd , Danceteria) how you can now see their late '70's & 1980's persona's on the pages of these books but where are they all by now ?
Saw quite a few of them at Arturo's party when they named 'Joey Ramone Place'
and that was great ...
But what about today ...
Blasts of wind down Second Avenue making the turn North towards home.
Odd mood mingling , coming and going .
Getting dark already
Open the current Voice and there's a write up of photog Mick Rock's recent opening at Tribeca Grand.
Ck email to find one asking if I fancy heading out to Ocularis to catch Weasel Walter's showing on No wave videos.
No, not tonight , but bless'em for me
Now Playing . Earlier Keith Jarrett's Koln and Paris Concerts, now Ramones