Punk Pioneers Needs YOUR Help Thanks

Punk Pioneers Needs YOUR Help Thanks

Punk Pioneers by Jenny Lens, MFA. Blondie (2/77), Dee Dee Ramone backstage Whisky with Jenny Lens (2/77), Terry Graham (Bags, Gun Club) and Belinda Go-Go in trash bag (8/77), Randettes (Alice Bag, Exene, Connie Clarksville, Sheila, Trudie T Rudie, Nickey Beat and where is Spazz Attack?) (3/78), Whisky, Go-Go’s, Starwood backstage (1/80), Exene, Decline filming, Club 88 (3/80),The CLASH!, England (6/80), and Rodney Bingenheimer and Joan Jett (1980). Just a tiny fraction of my archive, 1976-80. Those who help keep this punk archive alive (NOT just photos, but mags and more), I send my eternal gratitude. I know some are struggling financially. I get it. Why am I posting this? Cos I’ve spent a lotta time and lost a LOTTA money dealing with my punk archive. Trying to find a home for it. Shall I die and it remains homeless? No, I’m not donating it. That’s rude to me. Why should YOU have the fruits of my labor which put me into debt many times and I get nothing? FU. So All of you who love my work but don’t support the artist, you are mean and selfish. Why can’t you bother to post my pix and tell ppl? Why won’t you tell ppl to remember my pix for gifts or home/office decor. You don’t throw a few bucks my way. What is WRONG with you? I never made money. #GetReal. This archive is endangered due to FINANCES. I’ve put myself into debt COS OF MY PUNK PIX. #Truth The rest of you, who haven’t Donated or bought or even shared many times? You expect art for free and the buck...
Go-Go’s 1977-1980 We Got The Beat!

Go-Go’s 1977-1980 We Got The Beat!

Go-Gos, 1977-1980. I loved photographing Belinda Carlisle, Jane Draino Wiedlin, and the totes adorbs Margot. A few shots of Charlotte Caffey with then-boyfriend, Leonard Phillips, singer of the Dickies, first LA punk band to get signed. Plus Jane with her then-boyfriend, Terry Graham, drummer for the Bags and Gun Club. And more, so let’s get started with some IDs and stories behind my photos. Plus so many of our friends. Good times.

Go-Go’s and Charlotte Caffey: She’s Got The Beat!

Go-Go’s and Charlotte Caffey: She’s Got The Beat!

Go-Go’s at X’s home for bar-b-que. Billy Zoom, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Gina Shock, Margot, John Doe. The Go-Go’s quite often opened for X, giving the audience GREAT shows. Plus great real world experience for the bands. Oh the stories I could tell of those shows!

Plus some were hanging out together, before many bands were formed or performing. Fun to be at Ground Zero of this burgeoning scene. I have the earliest photos!

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Belinda, Lorna, Go-Go’s and Germs

Belinda wrote: “The following people have each, in some way, made a difference in my life, and I am so grateful… JENNY LENS.” Third line, after two LA pals who are very close to her, JENNY LENS.

I CRY with Gratitude every time I read or think about this. My name above so many famous people from all walks of life. Just re-read Belinda’s great autobio Lips Unsealed: A Memoir. I am thrilled she used ONLY my punk photos, 1977-1980.

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