Creem Magazine and Photographer Jenny Lens

Creem Magazine was THE ROCK magazine. The best of the best was, without a doubt, Creem. Forget Rolling Stone. Corporate and usually dismissive of Punk. Yes, Creem magazine was the BEST ROCK MAG. Ever. Read on to see they didn’t treat me that well, lost slides, but hey, THEY WERE IT. And Creem, of all the mags, deserves to be honored, remembered and most of all, CELEBRATED. Contribute to the documentary fund-raiser, til August 5, 2016! Creem was one of the few magazines who actually put photographer’s names on their masthead. This is a major list of who’s who of rock photography. Note the author of the Creem book is not listed. Yeah. Ok, so why we MUST have THIS version? The TRUTH. Creem magazine and I started our relationship in early 1976. Let’s start at the beginning. Late 1975, while waiting in line at the grocery store, I glanced at a new magazine called “People.” I lived in the northeast corner of the Valley, in Granada Hills. I stopped when seeing a photo of a rather androgynous looking woman. Quoting Rimbaud. I figured any rock n roller who knows the Symbolist poets is someone I want to know. I will never forget first listening to Patti’s “Horses.” My life was totally and irreversibly changed. I wanted to read everything I could about this new thing called “Punk music.” But mainstream media wasn’t having it. They were not fans. Only a handful of magazines and fanzines were covering punk in late 75 and early 76. I also had a disadvantage because I was out in the Valley. We didn’t get a...

Screamers, Whisky 1977

Screamers, Whisky, 1977. NEVER SEEN!! Have YOU ever seen Screamers negs like these? LIKE BEING AT THE SHOW. Imagine these LARGE! Tommy Gear is lit so dramatically. Singing. You don’t see that often!! I also have color slides. Tommy is in my first LA Punk Mini-Print, Maxi-Collection set.  YOU wanna SEE MORE? Pledge to our Fund Raiser and/or Buy Prints and/or Mini-Print, Maxi-Collections. TODAY. My LAST Hurrah. Moving on, unless you put your Money Where Your Mouth Is. Too rude? Well, YOU try doing this mostly alone and NOT FUNDED for decades. Then get back to me. I have other options. Don’t delay. Or they are gone. Read from right to left. I hand-rolled film (cheaper) and negs didn’t start with #1. Yeah, start with Tommy on the right. Have fun. Have fun. Open your wallets. Lip service won’t put these and more images into YOUR LIFE. Pledge to our Fund Raiser and/or Buy Prints and/or Mini-Print, Maxi-Collections. TODAY. Thank you! Pledge to our Fund Raiser and/or Buy Prints and/or Mini-Print, Maxi-Collections. TODAY. Thank...

Jenny Lens: Ramones Numero Uno Fan, Street Life

by Richard Schaefer in Lisa Fancher’s “Street Life” fanzine. Proof I was the Ramones “numero uno fan and famous paparazzi in her own right.” In EARLY 1977!! Tantalizing sounds of the skirmishes of desire, of lips surrendering cheap kissed in the other room, brought torture to anyone who listened. We stood between the jungle and the stars, both of us trying to keep our balance as we fought. DEE DEE was a madman at my throat an my eyes, trying to gouge them out. At last he got me right in the eyes, his fingers sinking in . . . My brain seemed to burst and I saw “Carbona Not Glue.” He was still in my eye sockets, still digging in! My brain felt ripped open. Then I saw a little out of my left eye. It was BLONDIE! She cursed and panted in frenzy trying to come in for the kill. My hand went for that sensuous mouth. I wanted her kiss-print. She clenched her teeth and sun keep “In the Flesh” on my hand. I had never seen a more beautiful, ravaging animal. She bellowed with laughter and staggered back toward the punch-bowl. Rock and Roll was re-born at the SCREAMERS house in Hollywood. It was 2 in the morning as the party was just starting. Up the winding, vinyl staircase they came, NEW YORK, TOKYO, ROME, SEATTLE, PARIS and AZUZA, dueling with EL LAY’S punk elite to honor the RAMONES and BLONDIE on their successful Whiskey A Go Go gig. The boppers were bopping. JIMMY DESTRI, keyboards for BLONDIE, was the first to make an entrance,...

Wattles Park Birthday Party, Tomata du Plenty, Liara May 28, 1979

Wattles Park Birthday Party for Screamer Tomata du Plenty, and Liara, w/her sister, Chase Holiday, May 28, 1979. RARE daytime event for LA Punks! Great, colorful fashions, predicting 1980s colors, prom dresses, chiffons, layers, etc. Pre-dating Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. Top photo is a fuzzy scan. Pre-dates MTV and the 1980s! WE SET TRENDS in LA. But the media always paid more attention to New York. We did it first and better. Said as a loyal LA native! A beloved image of Liara, Tomata du Plenty, and Liara’s sister, Chase Holiday. A man walked into the park with his pet wild bird. We in awe with it. I love Tomata’s intense blue eyes. A perfect moment, before we lost Liara and Tomata. Seen in my hardcover coffee table solo photo book from Rizzoli, “PUNK PIONEERS.” This image is best quality because professionally scanned high res. Other images could look this good if scanned properly. I don’t know who are adorable sitting couple. I fell in love with their red, black and white clothes and great smiles the minute I saw them. Note Academy Awards 2014 Production Design Nominee KK Barrett (for Her), former Screamers drummer, and his future and present wife, Trudie Arguelles, in her green Girl Scout uniform. Trudie looks beautiful as always, and KK with light blonde hair. I’ve many other beloved photos from this day, but not scanned. Enjoy these few gems. The way we...

Screamers Debut May 28, 1977, #1 Liquor Store

Screamers hitting liquor store before their world premiere debut.  May 28, 1977 at Steve Samioff’s loft. He was publisher of Slash Magazine (way before the record company). One of THE most memorable experiences in the lives of those present who knew we were witnessing one of THE BEST bands ever. Certainly the best unrecorded band of all time. Seeing them was always a feast for the senses. Claude “Kick Boy” Bessy, my fave LA punk. One of my all-time fave people. He was zee coolest Frenchman...

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