[New York Peasant by Kim Davis: January 16, 2012]
In the late 1970s, even before I became a teenage "gunslinger" for the New Musical Express, I was fan of punk and punk fanzines. I was in London, and Sniffin' Glue was the local acme of the species.
But I knew of Punk, launched by John Holstrom and "Legs" McNeil in Manhattan in 1975. I was especially aware of the bug-eyed caricature of Lou Reed on the cover of issue number one.
But Holstrom was there, conducting a characteristically goofy slide presentation. Also Andy Shernoff, Dictator and wine connoisseur, and Tish and Snooky and some of the merchandise they are still moving, thanks to the improbable cultural durability of The Sic F*cks.
What they saw and what they captured -- especially, perhaps, Gruen's images of the Sex Pistols U.S. tour -- is hard-wired into our culture, whether you know/like it or not.
I got some autographs, and drank an awful lot of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.
The website marches on.
Right: Holstrom at the controls.