27 Raw Images Of When Punk Ruled New York

Published August 11, 2016
Updated August 24, 2017

In the mid-1970s, a new incarnation of rock emerged in juxtaposition to the opulent and carnival-like music that had dominated the decade so far. It was punk rock, a music fast on pace and low on instrumentation with an anti-authoritarian ethos at its core.

Punk’s geographical center could be found in New York City neighborhoods like the Lower East Side and the Bowery, which white flight and deindustrialization had left for dead. While today high-end shopping and dining eat away at whatever remains of punk’s memory in those neighborhoods, we look back at the early days when punk emerged from the depths of 1970s and 1980s New York City:

Ramones At CBGB 1977
Ramones CBGB
Patti Smith
Patti Smith Portrait
27 Raw Images Of When Punk Ruled New York
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And if you're a fan of punk of that era, we highly recommend you watch this video of Bad Brains playing at CBGB in 1982:

If you enjoyed this look at the punk era of New York, check out our other galleries on 1970s New York City and photos of when the New York subway was the most dangerous place on earth.

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