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What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love

What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love. I absolutely LOVED this! I heard it on LA AM radio ALL the time! I listened to KRLA, KHJ (Boss Radio) and KFWB all the time! I LOVED this. EVERY time I heard it, I was so moved! I had NO idea SHE wrote it til recently! Jackie DeShannon was a TRAGICALLY UNDERRATED songwriter and singer. 1965, heck, all the 1960s, esp … Read...

Punk, Politics and POTUS Carter

Did POTUS Carter suppress punk? (DO NOT MAKE ME LAUGH). How political was early punk? Did punk influence or be influenced by politics requires investigating the mid-1970s. I wrote this because a Facebook pal asked me some questions about punk and politics for her college paper. It is obvious to me what people think NOW often is at odds what many of us were thinking THEN. I suppose if I posted this when I … Read...
Punk Music and Politics in 1970s versus 1980s

Punk Music and Politics in 1970s versus 1980s

People love to say I photographed punk of the 1980s. I always correct them. I photographed FIRST gen punk in the 1970s! They are DIFFERENT eras. I could write a book about how and why 1970s punk is VERY different than 1980s. If nothing else, we had more mass media coverage in the 1980s. MTV. Music videos. Much more, but that’s enough. Art develops differently when hidden from sight vs under the public’s constant scrutiny. … Read...

Kent State DID NOT Give Birth to Punk!

WaPo posted the most ridiculous idea about Birth of Punk: Kent State. SMH. My posted response: As someone known for extensively photographing first gen punk, including Devo and Rubber City Rebels, I can only shake my head at this thesis. Wanna tell it to the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads, performing in the early 1970s? Sex Pistols and the Clash were performing by 1976. I just today received a new Clash book, with 10 of my photos, many never seen. AND a BIG shoutout at top of the credits. I have FAR more cred than this author. Plus, Detroit and New York were FAR more influential and earlier. Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, and a wide variety of garage bands (see Rhino’s Nuggets by Lenny Kaye, known for the Patti Smith Group). Plus even Glam/Glitter. Plus, Devo and Chrissie Hynde were NEVER punks. (I am a HUGE Devo fan. They’ve used several of my photos in various projects, for NO money.) [Click TITLE to read WHOLE post]

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