Screamers Debut May 28, 1977 #2

Screamers debut, May 28, 1977. I LOVE these images! This is Tomata du Plenty at his best. He was charismatic and mesmerizing, on and off stage. Everyone loved Tomata, RIP. Seen in my hardcover coffee table solo photo book from Rizzoli, “PUNK PIONEERS.”...

Screamers Debut May 28, 1977 #5

Perhaps THE most iconic photo of the Screamers (large image, second from bottom). Seen on bootlegs, magazines, books, documentaries. THE centerfold in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog for their Punk: from Chaos to Couture fashion gala show, 2013. Do you know what it’s like to wake up to an email from the MET???? I thought I died and went to heaven. I was a fine artist, having earned my BA in Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees before I ever picked up a camera and photographed punk. To think I have a piece used by METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART! OH MY GAWD!!! Also in my hardcover coffee table solo photo book from Rizzoli, “PUNK PIONEERS.” The other images are scanned from proof sheets, hence their lower...

Screamers-01, 1977-1980

THE SCREAMERS WERE THE GREATEST onstage and off! I’ve TONS of ah-mazing photos. Tomata du Plenty was everywhere. There’s so much I want to share, but it’s been a tough week, redesigning this site from the ground up, adding tons of content. So lemme just say: everything you’ve ever read or heard about the Screamers is true. They were special, beyond words, memorable shows, but equally memorable at parties, their home, on the street, anywhere. They had CHARISMA, creativity, energy, and an air of mystery. I loved them so much, and it shows in my photos, esp so many never seen. “In a perfect world, we would all be made to feel important.” I might have mangled the lyrics, not in the mood to listen to a bootleg (which used MY photos, hmm) to verify lyrics. Close enough. It’s the spirit of the Screamers and the times, not the verbatim quote, which is...

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