Jewish Punks 1974-80

Ramones, Sex Pistols, Clash, Patti Smith Group, Lou Reed, photographers, writers, managers were often Jewish punks. I compiled this list in 2005. I have poor Jewdar. I was stunned to find out so early punks were Jewish. Now you can find books, blogs, articles and more. But in 2005, my post was radical! NEW YORK Ramones: Joey [Jeffrey Hyman] RIP, and his brother, Mickey Leigh (who roadied for them). Original drummer Tommy Ramone. Gabba gabba hey, we accept you! Blondie: Chris Stein Blondie and The Know: Gary Valentine [Lachman] Bob Gruen, photographer Danny Fields: Ramones first manager, history starting with the Doors, Iggy, Dolls and so many more. We OWE Danny so much!!! Dictators: Handsome Dick Manitoba [Richard Blum], Andy Shernoff, Scott “Top Ten” Kempner [always so kind to me] and Ross “the Boss” Freidman Lisa Robinson, journalist Lou Reed, Velvet Underground and soloist NOT Lydia Lunch [her email: “Sorry hon, the nose is Sicilian, the name is German. can’t be part of every list.” Birth name Lydia Koch. Ha, I originally wrote I didn’t think she was Jewish, and for once, my hunch was right!] Marty Thau, original manager of the New York Dolls, co-producer of Suicide, owner of Red Star Records, producer of Ramones 1st recordings, record company of Richard Hell’s 2nd album. [Marty was kind enough to write me! What a thrill to hear from him!] Mumps: drummer Paul Rutner and Joe Katz [bass player who replaced Kevin in the Mumps. He went on to be the bass player in Swinging Madisons, Kristian Hoffman’s post-Mumps band]. New York Dolls: Sylvain Sylvain [Steven Mizrahi], Arthur Kane RIP [ need verification,...

Riot on Sunset and Punk at Whisky

My rebuttal to article claiming Punk saved the Whisky but then talked more about non-punk bands. Minimal about LA Punk bands. I could write a book. Read what I wrote (below or use link) after reading his long article. Why the fashion photo above? Author included photos of English punks with swastikas on their faces. Not in LA! Plus most everyone in the above photo played a VITAL part in bringing punk to life. At the Whisky and elsewhere. Left to right: Terry Graham (Bags drummer and much more), Lorna Doom, Germs bassist, Belinda, future Go-Go and solo performer, ?, Hellin Killer, ?, Pleasant Gehman (who was quoted, as was I). Photographed near the Whisky, on the Sunset Strip, August, 1977. Just another night on the town. LOVELY compliment: “Photographer Jenny Lens, whose work vividly documented the LA scene, wrote in Punk Pioneers…” Yes, I did vividly document and helped create the LA scene. Lots of colorful and vibrant photos. My responses: Where do I start? First, yes, I always said punk brought the Whisky back to life. No argument there. But the stories and photos veer off to include Van Halen (the better to promote his book), Johnny Cougar and Tom Petty. But exclude vital LA Bands? LA PUNKS built and kept the scene alive. Not just the Whisky. The many fanzines and flyers. We promoted and publicized and produced our own shows and good times at the Whisky. No mention. The photos of the punk fans with swastikas on their faces: England. I went out nearly every night and many days, photographing parties, backstage, on the street and shows. Starting August 1976 and ending nearly...

Jenny Lens Interview 2001 part 2

Jenny Lens Interview, continued from Part 1. Okay, your favorite band. X is (and will always be) my favorite band. I have photos of them at Bomp Records, which was the March ’77. A lot of it had to do with hanging out with Pleasant because she hung out with these people. It was just this small circle of people who would go to different apartments, parties, shows and things. I hung out in X’s Circus Books aka Adult Books apartment that summer. Farrah Faucet Minor, whom we know from the song Los Angeles, was very anti-Semitic. “She started to hate …. ” [However, this is not the case now. People often feel one way when they are young, and another as they mature. I only relay this cos X wrote about her. Plus she plays such a significant part in my life. She is my friend.] I remember her stopping me on Holloway, (a little street parallel to Sunset between La Cienega and Palm where I lived, across from Tower Records and the Old World Restaurant, a few blocks east of the Roxy and Whisky. I walked to and from there all the time). The Germs had an apartment there and gave great parties. I remember walking outside and coming face to face with Exene and Farrah. Farrah would say things like: “Hitler was right — Jews should be burned.” I was 26 years old and too stunned to do anything but cry. I knew people felt that way about Jews, but I never heard it said repeatedly within inches of my face. She said far more, but I blacked it...

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