[EPISODE] The Age of Punk and New Wave in New York City
Tonight’s special show will take a look at Punk and New Wave in New York.
We will hear about some of the trend-setting musicians, how Punk and New Wave impacted the music scene, and how the “movement” affected some downtown New York neighborhoods.
Jeff starts off the show by introducing his guests, and discussing the background and history of Punk music. John Holmstrom talks about starting his own punk magazine and Snooky discusses starting her own record store. The two talk about the Rough Trade Record store that still exists in Brooklyn today. Snooky talks about the bars that she would perform in with the punk band Blondie. Tish talks about the punk scene being very much “DIY” and everyone’s band would go to everyone’s shows.
Jeff talks to Tish and Snooky about trying to get a space for their store Manic Panic in the East Village. John talks about the history he had with the Ramones, and how he got connected with them for his magazine. He continues about how it came to be getting that iconic Ramones cover shot for their first album cover. John talks about getting to know the Ramones, and how they always felt frustrated because they knew the music industry hated punk from the very start. They didn’t want to call it “punk” and instead started calling it “new wave.” Jeff moves on to start talking about the energy of punk and Tish talks about how it was like nothing else. The fans of punk, like the musicians, were rebellious, and they were able to get up close and personal because of the small venues. John talks about the way that punk became “anti-hippies.”
Jeff asks Tish and Snooky how they got into the retail scene on St. Marks Place. They started out by selling their old clothes and clothing that they had made. They then talk about how they began with their hair color line. They would also sell band t-shirts, records, and fan zines in their shop. John talks about the various connections he made with artists and musicians with punk magazine. He continues by talking about the influence punk had on the youth, and made kids want to move to NY to start their own band. They talk about how people did not like punk, and that kids would come to the city to beat up punk teens.
John starts again by talking about what he’s done post punk magazine. He continues by talking about what he has going on today, including a gallery opening in the Lower East Side. John talks about the film industry and how it has affected his career with punk. They continue to talk about how all kinds of art, from film to comics to music all morphed together with the punk movement.