Bowery / A hardcore-fanatic’s guide – Part VIII.


“Drew Carolan is an accomplished photographer and film maker, native New Yorker and Lower East Sider. Between 1983 and 1985, this local photographer began photographing the patrons of the now infamous hardcore matinees that were going on at the seminal underground music club, CBGB. Drew basically just set up his makeshift outdoor/mobile studio by putting up a large, white tarp/cardboard on the south side of Bleecker Street, just steps to the west of Bowery (i.e. essentially across the street from CBGB). The Bowery at that time was a true melting pot of downtrodden adults, underage hardcore punk kids, and people living on the fringes of society. He documented a wide cast of characters, punk kids, bands, and assorted characters on their way to and from hardcore matinees.
Radio Raheem Records released the long overdue publication of the the Matinee Project photos series, pick up your copy of “Matinee: All Ages on the Bowery” book directly from the label.


In 2015, Dublin street artist Solus painted a tribute mural to Joey Ramone on Bleecker Street, it was created to celebrate the the 40th anniversary of the Ramones debuting at CBGB. He painted his mural to the same wall, where Drew Carolan took his matinee photographs. A few months ago, Shepard Fairey street artist created a new mural in honor of Debbie Harry and Blondie.” Chiller Than Most fanzine, 2017


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