Category: new york city

Bob Dylan in Sheridan Square, New York City, b…

Bob Dylan in Sheridan Square, New York City, by Fred W. McDarrah via rockpaperphoto

Patti Smith in her bedroom in the Hotel Chelse…

Patti Smith in her bedroom in the Hotel Chelsea, 1971, by David Gahr

Iggy Pop at New York’s Electric Circus, May 14…

Iggy Pop at New York’s Electric Circus, May 14, 1971, by Lisa Gottlieb. (Sources here and here.)

You’ll see references to these pics as from October 1970 (including the second source above), when the Stooges had indeed played Electric Circus, but nope, it was the May 14 show. This was the second of 2 nights, which the New York Times described as “triumphant” after a ragged first night. (Dig the Gerard Malanga pix as further documentation!)

Paul Trynka’s remarkable Iggy bio Iggy Pop: Open Up And Bleed adds some additional stories from legendary photographer, scenester denizen and Warhol/Bowie associate Leee Black Childers  (p. 119). “Leee savored the infamous performance at New York’s Electric Circus in May 1971, where Iggy looked particularly psychotic covered in baby oil and glitter. Gerry Miller, onetime topless dancer and star of several Warhol movies, shouted, ‘Let’s see you puke!’ at Iggy, in her squeaky, Mickey Mouse voice. ‘So he did!’ laughs Lee. ‘Right on her!’

btw, the source of that NYT clipping above is a YouTube post of a recording from that night. The vocals are nearly inaudible, but you can definitely get the gist of the more-melodic direction that The Stooges were taking that the Times described.“More melodic” for The Stooges is a relative term of course. This is still pretty damn hard core…

…so the next time you hear anyone talk about ANYTHING important about punk starting in 1977, you can laugh and laugh as you recall this wild night of stage-diving and puking on the crowd from 1971. 

I ain’t even saying anything important about punk started in 1971. Of course not. Punk was well underway by this point, and merely presented here in its full 1971 flowering for your glitter-soaked delectation.

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, July 24, 1972…

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, July 24, 1972, New York City, Madison Square Garden, by Bob Gruen

David Bowie, “The Bewlay Brothers” by Masayosh…

David Bowie, “The Bewlay Brothers” by Masayoshi Sukita, 1973

Bob Dylan, 1966, by Jerry Schatzberg for the c…

Bob Dylan, 1966, by Jerry Schatzberg for the cover of Blonde on Blonde: 375 West Street at Morton Street, Greenwich Village, New York. Eventually used for the cover of The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page: Led…

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin acoustic trio, ZEPtember 3, 1971, Madison Square Garden. 

Bonnie Raitt, New York City 1979, by Lynn Gold…

Bonnie Raitt, New York City 1979, by Lynn Goldsmith

John Lennon, December 3 1980, by Annie Leibovi…

John Lennon, December 3 1980, by Annie Leibovitz, via johnlennonofficial

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant at Bleecker Bob’s r…

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant at Bleecker Bob’s record store, Greenwich Village, NYC 1970