This article is part of an editorial series sponsored by our friends over at HBO celebrating the launch of their new show 'Vinyl,' from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terry Winter exploring the crazy and fantastic world of music in the s. Throughout the week, Noisey will analyze this iconic era with articles looking back in time. The New York City music scene of the s holds historical value that could never be equated or replicated. It was an unsettling time to be living in Manhattan: the economy was in the gutter, crime rates were high, and prostitutes and junkies lined the streets. But beneath the challenges of the harsh realities the city faced above the ground, there existed communities of booming musical creation and artistic expression. It was dilapidated, sweaty, and boozy. And well, you could call it a renaissance.
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Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. The Ramones burst onto the rock scene in New York City in the mids with their era-defining punk sound. While their music consisted of super short songs with up-beat tempos, the lyrics were loaded with a mix of pent-up angst and a rush of loud excitement that led to their subsequent global success. Known for their androgynous wardrobe and unmatched vulgarity, the band quickly epitomized punk rock even before there was an official name for the sound. With a powerhouse sound, they rocked venues like the Mercer Arts Center, which was hugely popular for the underground music scene in Greenwich Village in the s. The Velvet Underground formed in in New York. An unmatched attitude and provocativeness launched the band into the underground rock scene, where it made a lasting impact. Co-founder Lou Reed was born in Brooklyn, where he began writing and performing with various city-based garage bands.
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Billy Joel 's magnum opus, "The Stranger," is hailed by many as an album that defined the New York experience with its sound. But Joel wasn't the only sound in town at the time, as the City that Never Sleeps has a sound that encompasses many flavors and genres. With that in mind, we share our list of the 20 albums that defined New York City in the '70s. Producer Brian Eno was a staple of the New York music scene and was significant in the transition of the city's sound to what would become New Wave. It has since enjoyed a revival and reevaluation by critics as a landmark of cultural and musical history that is not only indicative of its time but also of its rarity.
David Godlis, a photographer simply known as GODLIS, was deeply influenced by Brassai's Secret Paris of the s — which portrayed its opium dens, its brothels — when he decided to photograph music history in History is Made At Night brings together Godlis' iconic black-and-white photographs from the time he spent in and around the famed CBGB club on the Bowery, offering a rare look into the early punk rock scene that transpired in New York's East Village. Crowdfunded via a Kickstarter campaign and published by Matte Editions, this book is a gem for music and photography lovers alike. David Godlis is a photographer and artist based in New York City.