We got to take a peek into the awesome new book by Paul Zone – on growing up in an underground NYC! Excited?!?! We are! While most teenagers daydreamed of summer break while playing records in their bedrooms, fourteen-year-old Paul Zone spent his youth immersed in the New York underground, exploring the concrete playground with actors, drag queens, and drug addicts.
The mid-1970s was a time when the death of Glam and the birth of Punk collided in a celebration of glitter and grime, and Zone had a front-row seat to it all. Playground features photographs of bands including Blondie, The Ramones, The New York Dolls, Iggy and the Stooges, the Dead Boys, Suicide, T. Rex, and KISS, as well as musicians, artists, and scensters such as Richard Hell, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Wayne County, Alice Cooper, Lance Loud, Stephen Sprouse, and more.
Author Bio: Paul Zone
Paul Zone spent his early teenage years photographing his friends at Max’s Kansas City, Mercer Arts Center, Club 82, and CBGB during New York’s Glam Rock era and the early days of Punk. He became a celebrity DJ at Max’s before the concept existed and, with his brothers Miki Zone and Mandy Zone, was in a band called The Fast. In the 1980s, Paul and Miki formed the electronic duo Man 2 Man, recording the international pop hit “Male Stripper.” Playground is the first comprehensive assemblage of his personal images from the American Glam and Punk era.
Playground will launch Leslie Lohman Museum Prince Street Project Space, New York, on Friday, May 29, 2015!