Punk Globe Interview 2009

Punk Globe Interview 2009

Interview circa 2008. Punk Globe: First can you tell us about yourself. Where you grew up and what inspired you to take photos? Jenny Lens: I was born in West LA, raised mostly in Northridge, near Cal State University, Northridge (where I later earned my BA in Art). I am really smart, curious, creative, talkative and helpful. My fellow students and teachers hated me. I was also fat and Jewish, a real outcast in my hood. I was torn between science and art, just like today. I realized the science world was too sexist, so I opted for art. My art was always displayed starting in elementary school, then museums and galleries when in college. But I didn’t want to deal with the snobby, head games in the art world, sitting on my ass, getting fatter. I loved show biz, especially Broadway and some rock. I was influenced by Martha Swope, famous for her Broadway and ballet photos. But I could never live in cold New York. So when I fell in love with Dee Dee Ramone’s cheekbones the first night they played LA, at the Roxy, August 11, 1976, I picked up my camera, shot without a flash (and in focus) the next night, met them and never looked back. You never know how your dreams are going to be manifested! Punk Globe: When you were growing up can you tell us some of your favorite bands? Jenny Lens: I was such a Beatles fan til I saw them live at the Beatles at their first Hollywood Bowl show, August 1964. I just turned 14 the month before...
Jenny Lens Punk Stories and Photos, LA Library

Jenny Lens Punk Stories and Photos, LA Library

See tons of pix and hear untold stories about the birth of LA punk, interacting with New York and British bands, parties and good times. Lots here, so sit back and enjoy!! LA Library, January 10, 2015. 1 hr, 47 minutes of cool pix and stories. Buy photos at my Photostore. Please tell folks. Thanks!Please Donate to Legal Fund to retrieve stolen negs and slides.My archive cannot survive without your support....
Obey Interview Exhibit Jenny Lens ONLY Woman Too Fast To Live, Too Young to Die Video

Obey Interview Exhibit Jenny Lens ONLY Woman Too Fast To Live, Too Young to Die Video

Talking about my photos at Shepard Fairey’s Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, Subliminal Projects. I was ONLY woman and earliest punk photographer in the exhibit. 2/25-3/26/2010. 2:46. Buy photos at my Photostore. Please tell folks. Thanks!Please Donate to Legal Fund to retrieve stolen negs and slides.My archive cannot survive without your support....

Dee Dee Ramone Changed MY Life

I wrote this immediately after we lost Dee Dee on June 5, 2002. I’m crying just opening this file and haven’t re-read it since I wrote it. If not for Dee Dee Ramone, this archive might not exist. For him I picked up a camera and that’s all I can write right now. Bless you, dear, sweet, immensely talented Dee Dee. If only he knew he was so beloved and changed music forever. Forever in our hearts, Dee Dee. June 5, 2002: I got out of the shower Thursday and took the phone from my now ex-husband. People want to know why I got into taking punk photos: I loved Dee Dee Ramone’s cheekbones. My friend Sandy told me he OD’d. I asked if he were dead and when confirmed, let out an anguished cry that surprised both her and I. My depth of sorrow and inconsolable grief overwhelms me. I’ve lost too many of the most important creative people in my life and in our culture and dealt with it, although I sorely miss emailing Tomata du Plenty. I sent a photo of Dee Dee and myself and a close up of his young, sweet, beautiful, sexy face an email to my friends starting with “now I wanna sniff some glue.” The most powerful line they ever wrote and sung was “all the kids want something to do.” A truer statement was never said. You don’t have to be a kid to feel it. It’s the reason we turn to rock ‘n’ roll. It’s why great rock comes from the street. No one was closer to the street than...

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,...

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