Laura Levine
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Class of NO WAVE reunion
posted: June 14, 2008
The crowd mills outside the gallery....
Last night KS Art Gallery in Tribeca hosted a photography exhibit in conjunction with the new book NO WAVE. POST PUNK. UNDERGROUND. NEW YORK.  1976 - 1980. written and complied (lots of photos) by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley, and after the opening everyone walked twenty feet across the street to see Teenage Jesus and the Jerks (Lydia Lunch and Jim Sclavunos with Thurston Moore on bass) and Infomation perform at the Knitting Factory. It was like walking through a 28 year time warp. We were all 21 again and  the music was the same, however the drinks were a lot more expensive, and downtown luxury skyscrapers and cell phones now roamed the earth.

I can't think of the last time I had so much fun at an opening. It ended being one big ol' class reunion, spilling out into the street and late into the night. People bought copies of the book and everyone signed them for everyone else like a high school yearbook. It was simply joyful. Hard to imagine the words "joyful" and "no wave" in the same sentence, but there ya go.

Here are a bunch of photos from the evening. I strongly suggest catching the show while you can (it's up through July 10 at KS Art, 73 Leonard St., and you can see my previous post for info on purchasing the book).
Me, my friend Julia Gorton (who probably shot more than anyone else of that time, and whose photographs are fantastic), and Thurston Moore....
James Chance signs a book for photographer Stephanie Chernikowski, another one of the photographers represented in the show and book....
Glenn Branca re-enacts the portrait I took of him on his Bowery rooftop some 25 years ago....
Michael Zilkha, the co-founder of ZE Records, who released records by Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Suicide, Mars, Was (Not Was), John Cale, etc., and the lovelier-than-ever Lydia Lunch....
Me and my old pal Jim Sclavunos....
Jim Sclavunos signs Julia Gorton's book....
The New York Rocker art department reunites! Art Director Elizabeth Van Itallie and photo editor Laura Levine....
My lovely god-daughter Sarah and he boyfriend Daniel flank dear ol' god-mom....
Me and my old college buddy, the incredibly talented film composer Carter Burwell....
Some of the show....
My parents (on the left) and some of their friends strolled over from Chinatown to take in the sights....
Marty Rev, me and Michael Zilkha....
Jesse Malin reminded me that I did a photo session with his band Heart Attack on Ave. C when back he was a teenage punk circa 1981....
My good friends Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer who I miss to dickens....
One for the memory chest....
11 comments
Richard Downs June 14, 2008
Hi Laura, I remember an album coming to the states called "No Wave", the cover had a woman in a bee hive surfing on an ironing board. My friend bought the album and it was the first time I had heard the Police and Joe Jackson among others. Congrats on your participation.
J.D. King June 15, 2008
1) I wish I could've been there. 2) Ahem... Ain't NO WAY that The Police or Joe Jackson were no wave. Didn't happen.
Linzie Hunter June 15, 2008
looks like a cool show and a GREAT night!
Christoph Hitz June 15, 2008
I see my painter friend Charles Yoder in the crowd and he goes to all the great shows in the neighborhood, looks like a cool opening of a great show.
Laura Levine June 15, 2008
JD is right, Richard....you must have NO Wave confused with NEW Wave. No beehives, surfboards nor Police to be seen in this scene.
Gary Leib June 16, 2008
Incredible post!! This was the stuff that made me want to live in NYC, and you recorded it so well. I will definitely get this book, and Id love a compilation book of NY Rocker material, hint hint.
Laura Levine June 16, 2008
Thanks Linzie, Christoph. Thanks Gary. I agree, I'd love to see a NYR book! Btw, I added a clip I found on You Tube of the Teenage Jesus performance from that night. Good fun.
Richard Downs June 16, 2008
The album was called "No Wave" and the style of music was called New Wave.I remember thinking it was some kind of typo or confusing play on words.I Thought maybe there was some kind of connection, sorry!
Adam McCauley June 18, 2008
Looks like a really fun night! Cute parents too. Is that Julia Gorton the illustrator?
Melissa Mason September 14, 2008
Regarding your Jaine Austen mysteries....WRITE FASTER!!!!
Laura Levine September 14, 2008
Thanks Melissa - but that's the OTHER Laura Levine, my friend the wonderful writer and creator of Count Chocula, among other achievements. I'll pass along your message!
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