Category Archives: 80s

Joy Division USA Tour 1980

32 years ago New Wave rockers across America were excitedly anticipating Joy Division’s May 1980. The Manchester band was scheduled to appear at Hurrah in New York for three nights. None of us were expecting to hear the news of the singer’s suicide on the eve of his departure. Ian Curtis was dead. He had […]

THE ONLY YEH YEH GIRL By Peter Nolan Smith

The stars of the 1960s were transported by TV and radio to my three red-light suburb south of Boston. The teenagers of the 50s worshipped Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Buddy Holly as dead gods, but my generationís focus was dedicated to the living. Bob Dylanís BLOWING IN THE WIND knocked Elvis off his throne […]

LOST BY THE EIGHT BALL by Peter Nolan Smith

None of the cops from the 9th Precinct were happy about the closing of the basement bar next to their station house in the summer of 1980. Even fewer were excited by its re-opening as a French bistro. Evelynís Bistro was another sign that the East Village was giving way to a new crowd. Not […]

In Vino Veritas or Oblivio

Back in the summer of 1985 I resided on the grounds of Osbourne House, Victoria’s palace on the Solent. I shared a cottage with Vonelli, a retired CIA agent. His cover was that he was an art dealer. No one believed the native Floridian, but the hotel was a special place and attracted special people. […]

Making An Entrance

Area on Hudson was one of New York’s most popular nightclubs in the 80s. Every night hundreds of people waited beyond the velvet ropes for entrance. Admission wasn’t a given. But in this photo the baldish man in the foreground was headed to the bar to order a cognac and coke. It was his drink. […]