Punks, Poets & Provocateurs is a book of photographs of the culture heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s, taken in New York during the period of the counterculture’s final climax. In 1977, twenty-six-year-old conceptual photographer Marcia Resnick was rocked out of her controlled studio environment and into downtown’s avant-garde landscape by the punk rock music that was electrifying New York.
“The people from the extraordinary New York milieu amongst whom I was living and working had no way of knowing that the years between 1977 and 1982 were enchanted, endangered, and unrepeatable,” explains Resnick. It was a time and place populated by icons, iconoclasts, and antiheroes whom Resnick documented with a unique and evocative eye. In Punks, Poets & Provocateurs, her photographs of the “enfants terrible” reflect this unique time in the worlds of jazz, rock and roll, literature, art, and film, from an era that remains highly influential.
Of her subject matter, Resnick says, “A Bad Boy doesn’t have to be the prototypical James Dean character. Or like Marlon Brando in The Wild One. A Bad Boy is someone who has a special magic, who has charisma, and who braves living on the edge.” Rockers Johnny Thunders, Joey Ramone, James Brown, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Brian Eno, and Mick Jagger; beat poets William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso; provocateurs and raconteurs John Waters, Steve Rubell, Gary Indiana, Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, and the incomparable John Belushi are included here along with a text by Victor Bockris and contemporary writings that create a context for Resnick’s photography from this inimitable era.
Punks, Poets & Provocateurs, New York City Bad Boys, 1977-1982
Hardcover, 272 pages
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches