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June 9, 2015

Unseen Photos of New York City's 1970s Punk Playground Taken by a 14-Year-Old Boy

While most teenagers daydreamed of summer break while playing rock 'n' roll in their bedrooms, fourteen-year-old Paul Zone danced away his youth in underground clubs with those very same rock stars, exploring the concrete playground with actors, drag queens, and drug addicts.

The mid-1970s was a time when the death of glam and the birth of punk rock collided in a celebration of glitter and grunge, and Zone had a front-row seat to it all. In this incredible photo memoir, Zone shares personal images that have never been released to the public alongside memories of the era, all through the eyes of a youngster whose reverential regard to his subjects made him a regular fixture in the lives of these greats. Zone captures the joys and the fantasy of the New York underground with a genuine intimacy, making this volume a worthy tribute to the legends of underground rock royalty.

Sylvain Sylvain, Johnny Thunders, and Jerry Nolan (New York Dolls) at Max's, August 1973.

Debbie Harry (Blondie) at Max's, 1975.

Crayola at Max's, 1977.

Wayne County at the Coventry, Queens, 1973.

Lou Reed at the Academy of Music in December 1973.

Debbie Harry (Blondie), Arturo Vega’s loft, 1975.

David Johansen of the New York Dolls at Max’s Kansas City, 1973.

Miki Zone (The Fast) and Richard Lloyd (Television), CBGB, 1975.

Anna Sui, Max’s Kansas City, 1978.

Tish and Snooky (with Linda Limey), Manic Panic, St. Marks Pl., 1978.

Dee Dee Ramone and Connie Gripp in the kitchen at Max’s Kansas City, 1975.

Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), Max’s Kansas City, 1978.

Alice Cooper, Manhattan hotel room, 1975.

Arturo Vega at home, 1975.

Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, and Paul Stanley (KISS), Coventry, Queens, August 31, 1973.

Unknown, Le Jardin Disco, 1974.

Abbijane Schifrin and Janis Cafasso, Manhattan, 1975.

Patti Smith (Disco Ball), Blue Hawaii Discotheque, November 10, 1974.

Joey Ramone (The Ramones) and Miki Zone (The Fast), Mother’s, October 1975.

Jayne County, Club 82, 1974.

(Photographs by Paul Zone from “Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground,” published by Glitterati Incorporated)


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