Punks, Poets & Provocateurs

New York City Bad Boys, 1977–1982

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About The Book

“The people from the extraordinary New York milieu amongst whom I was living and working had no way of knowing that the years between 1977 and 1982 were enchanted, endangered, and unrepeatable,” explains photographer Marcia Resnick. It was a time and place populated by icons, iconoclasts, and antiheroes whom Resnick documented with a unique and evocative eye. Here, her photographs of the “enfants terribles” reflect this unique time in the worlds of jazz, rock and roll, literature, art, and film—an era that remains highly influential. Rockers Johnny Thunders, Joey Ramone, James Brown, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Brian Eno, and Mick Jagger; beat poets William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso; and provocateurs and raconteurs John Waters, Steve Rubell, Gary Indiana, Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, and the incomparable John Belushi are included here, along with text by Victor Bockris and contemporary writings that create a context for Resnick’s photography from this inimitable era.

About The Author

Marcia Resnick was and remains the memory of the New York City downtown scene of 1977 to 1982, living the life even as she chronicled it. "Men are always photographing women," explains Resnick. “It is about time for a woman to photograph men.” Her photographs of the “enfants terribles” reflect this unique time in the worlds of jazz, rock and roll, literature, art, and film — an era that remains highly influential. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Insight Editions (November 2015)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781608876013

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