BANDE À PARTis a documentary record of the brilliant, anarchic spirit of downtown New York in the late 60s through
the early 80s, photographed not by some journalist covering the ‘counterculture’, but by the participants themselves.
These photographers lived the scene, and they have compiled their incredible shots of Blondie, Suicide,the VelvetUnderground, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, on stage, backstage and just messing around. BANDE À PART is Basquiat and Mapplethorpe, glam rock and No Wave, CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City and the Factory--an extraordinary record of a long-gone time and a place in New York City history.
Here are just some of the amazing photographs taken from After Barbed Wire: Cowboys of Our Timeby one of my favorite photographers, Kurt Markus. This book was published in 1985, by Twelvetrees Press, and is a recent acquisition of mine. After first seeing it at The Strand rare book department in NYC this past spring, I was immediately taken back by its charm and its romanticized vision of the west...a place I was soon headed! Now that I reside in Texas, one of the states documented in this book, I can fully appreciate its cowboy heritage, history and legacy. The black and white photos are just terrific in their serenity, composition and the lure to "GO WEST, YOUNG MAN...." A RAZ must have...thats if you can get your hands on one...