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Allan Tannenbaum’s Rare Photos Of New York City’s Famous Punks In The 1970s

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Allan Tannenbaum’s  “punk portfolio” is for sale. From 1973 to ’82, Tannenbaum worked for New York City’s SoHo Weekly News’ as its chief photographer. His work – and nice work if you can get it – took him to such salubrious haunts as CBGB’s, The Palladium, Mudd Club, CBGB’s, and Max’s Kansas City. The faces in the pictures are familiar: Debbie Harry, The Ramones, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Sid Vicious (and police), The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Nico, John Cale, Talking Heads, Televisions, Patti Smith and more…


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Chrissie Hynde, The Palladium May 1980


Reader  tells us re the above photo: “Late Pretenders’ bassist Pete Farndon is Chrissie Hynde’s ‘friend'”



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Robert Mapplethorpe and Pattie Smith at Max's Kansa sCity, May 1978

Richard Hell at CBGB's - Jun 25, 1977

Iggy Pop at the Palladium, March 28 1977

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Lenny Kay May 28 1977

Lenny Kay May 28 1977


Via ArtNet, Flavorwire

  • Fred Johansen

    Good photos but the ironic part is that very few of those people actually came from NY.