Category Archives: 70s

TRASH FIORUCCI by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late-70s the windows of Fiorucci on East 60th Street featured the latest flash fashion from Italy. These trendy threads guaranteed almost immediate entrance into Studio 54 or any exclusive disco in Manhattan. The manager was a swishy part-time singer on the downtown scene. Joey ran the store with an iron glove. One afternoon […]

Cassavates’ HUSBANDS

Movies were more than movies in the 1970s. Producers and directors sought to change the audience with films about life rather than escapism. John Cassavetes was the king of American realism and in 1970 released HUSBANDS about three suburban family men waking their dead friend with a Manhattan drinking bout. Upon their return to their […]

SONIC REDUCER by the Dead Boys

Every Memorial Day Weekend the radio stations spins the top 1000 hits of rock and roll. The #1 song for decades was Zeppelin’s STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN or else the Beatles HEY JUDE. SATISFACTION came close to reaching # 1, but Led Zeppelin’s rip-off of Spirit’s TAURUS has proven too strong to be knocked off the […]

The Damned Live 1978

Hurrah was a walk-up nightclub on 32 West 62nd Street. The second-floor had been a disco in its previous reincarnation. Studio 54 put it out of business. The new owners brought downtown uptown by booking having Jim Fouratt book punk bands. Between sets video monitors played music and strobed a kaleidoscope of images. My friends […]

Lame Ass Poser

Editors and agents have asked for a definition of my writing. Corporate executives like neat niches. I tell them the easy answer, “Semi-fiction.” “What’s that?” None of them are familiar with that genre, since it doesn’t really exist in their marketplace. “Whatever is interesting is true.” My employer Richie Boy had once described my story-telling […]