Forty years ago tonight The Ramones played their first gig at CBGB. Also on the bill: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein’s new group, Angel and the Snake, soon to be renamed Blondie. In the audience: Alan Vega, of Suicide, and David Byrne, who would soon form Talking Heads. The clip above is from September 15, 1974, a few weeks later. Clearly, “Judy Is a Punk” had already become a local favorite.
Ramones, “Cretin Hop,” CBGB. 1 2 3 4 cretins wanna hop some more. 4 5 6 7 all good cretins go to Heaven.
Nightshot(s): July 9th. One Chase Manhattan Plaza @ 9pm.
D U B U F F E T x N O G U C H I
Group of Four Trees x Sunken Garden
The Art of Nature in Urban Settings
Making me homesick for my old hood.
Claes Oldenburg with a monumental tube of toothpaste, London, 1966. via @theretronaut
“A gripping show. It chronicles a sculptural career that is singular for its profusion of color, crafts and materials; its opening up of historical avenues closed by Minimalism; and its faith in both accessibility and advanced art, that other New. And it’s a great way for the Whitney to decamp, tossing the Met the keys, knowing that we won’t soon forget that it still owns the place.” —The New York Times celebrates Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, opening today.
Photograph by Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times
I have to say, I’m down with Roberta’s phrase “psychedelic poop” to describe this piece, which I really like.
Bryan Ferry Orchestra, “The Only Face” (2013), def an improvement on the original (1994).
German refugee child, a devotee of Superman, at the Children’s Colony, a school for refugee children administered by a Viennese. New York, 1942.
Lee Miller dressed as L.H.O.O.Q. (Marcel Duchamp) for a costume party, Paris, 1954 (Lee Miller Archives)