Relive New York’s Wild ‘80s With Blondie, LL Cool J, and Extra Stars


There wasn’t precisely a music scene in Nineteen Eighties-era New York Metropolis, a lot as numerous scorching spots spanning Harlem to Saint Mark’s Place to the Bronx. In fact, issues aren’t what they was—it’s been ages since what’s now a kitschy, rock ‘n’ roll-themed John Varvatos store changed CBGB, the so-called birthplace of punk. In actual fact, this summer time marks a full 40 years because the launch of MTV (the very early days of which truly bore some resemblance to TV Party, the cool youngsters’ public-access community of selection). The Museum of the Metropolis of New York is commemorating that anniversary with “New York, New Music: 1980-1986,” an exhibition that includes memorabilia like Unhealthy Brains fliers, Madonna information, Keith Haring t-shirts, and a zoot go well with worn by Child Creole. However the period largely comes alive by way of pictures, documenting Klaus Nomi’s efficiency at Hurrah, MC battles on the Ecstasy Storage Disco, and far, a lot, extra. Step again in time with a glance inside, right here.

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Charlie Ahearn, Debbie Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, Tracy Wormworth, and Chris Stein, 1981.

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Julia Gorton, James Probability at Artists Area, 1978.

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Janette Beckman, LL Cool J, 1985.

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GODLIS, Joey Ramone, St. Marks Place, 1981.

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Invoice Bernstein, DJ Larry Levan at Paradise Storage, 1979.

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Charlie Ahearn, Debbie Harry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Fab 5 Freddy with others on the set of Blondie’s “Rapture” music video, 1981.

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Julia Gorton, Lydia Lunch, Adele Bertei, and Anya Phillips at CBGB, c. 1979.

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Harvey Wang, Klaus Nomi, Hurrah’s, New York Metropolis, 1980.

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Joe Conzo, Chilly Crush Brothers, 1981.

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Allan Tannenbaum, Laurie Anderson, 1983.

William Coupon, Wynton Marsalis, 1980.

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William Coupon, Wynton Marsalis, 1980.

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Allan Tannenbaum, The Lounge Lizards at Max’s Kansas Metropolis, July 5, 1979.

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William Coupon, Miles Davis, 1986.

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