Over 300 Hours Of Rare And Never-Before-Seen Video Of New York City's 1975-1980 Punk Scene—At CBGB And Other Legendary Clubs—Digitally Restored By New York University's Fales Library
The Nightclubbing Archive Includes Early Performances By Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Bad Brains, The Cramps, Dead Boys + More
Archive excerpts here: https://vimeo.com/75999013
Upcoming Events With Archive Creators Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong, Along with Archive Excerpts:
Oct 4 - A Screening of Nightclubbing with Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers – The Newsroom, 7pm (155 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY) - The filmmakers screen archive excerpts and talk with Richard Boch (Mudd Club) and Pat Irwin (Raybeats, B52's) http://bit.ly/1hkZAKg
Oct 10 - CBGB Festival / Carry On Band Series – Bowery Electric, 6pm (327 Bowery, New York, NY) Armstrong and Ivers to show videos from the archive in between performances by Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lunch and others. http://bit.ly/173aP5m
OCT 17 - Nightclubbing Archive Opening at Fales Library, 7pm Held at NYU’s Journalism Department 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, New York, NY) Party and screening to celebrate the opening of the Nightclubbing archive. RSVP: Emily@gonightclubbing.com
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).
After Ivers and Armstrong put away their cameras the vast majority of what they filmed sat unseen for years, until a recent restoration by New York University's Fales Library as part of a project making the entire collection available to students and researchers for the first time ever.
“We were two punk girls who lugged ridiculously heavy video equipment into clubs, always the first to arrive and the last to leave," comments Armstrong. "We video documented the multitude of musical styles that shared the punk label and strived to get the best pictures and sound possible. For decades the videotapes filled entire closets and bookshelves, prime NYC real estate, and I wondered if we would ever watch them again. Happily, in the hands of professional preservationists (Mercer Media), every, single videotape played. Some needed extra attention from special cleaners and baking devices, but the tape held up! The formats endured, ½" reel-to-reel, Betamax, ¾" U-matic, mini DVD, beta SP, a real testament to the staying power of videotape."
Ivers adds "I always knew that what we were seeing and documenting was historic, magic and ephemeral. When I started, Ford was president and Toto was on the radio and believe me, THIS was not that. The archive is like sharing your beloved record collection with friends. Did you see this John Cale show when he was in a cast? How bout the night when Divine and some strippers danced with the Dead Boys at 3 in the morning? Did you ever see Iggy Pop cover Sinatra? We did and we saved it forever. Now everyone can enjoy it."
Armstrong and Ivers have been blogging about the restoration for New York Magazine's Bedford+Bowery site posting excerpts from the collection which be seen there: http://bit.ly/GzPk5n
The Downtown Collection, which began in 1993, is an attempt to document the downtown arts scene that evolved in SoHo and the Lower East Side during the 1970s through the early 1990s. During this time, an explosion of artistic creativity radically challenged and changed tradition literature, music, theater, performance, film, activism, dance, photography, video, and other art practices. Included in the collection are the papers, multi-media, and personal ephemera of artists, filmmakers, writers and performers; archives of art galleries, theatre groups, and art collectives; and collections relating to AIDS activism and off-off- Broadway theater. Some of the artists and groups include David Wajnarowicz, John Sex, Richard Hell, Collective Unconscious, Riot, Creative Time, Jaime Davidovich, Fashion Moda, Franklin Furnace, Guerilla TV, Bob Holman, Gary Indiana, Mabou Mines, April Palmieri, Amos Poe, Scott and Gary Show, and Ed Smith.
The Nightclubbing archive will be preserved and made available for study and research by students, scholars and other interested persons for non-commercial, educational, academic, scholarly, and other personal uses. Find out more about the Downtown Collection at: http://bit.ly/16GIyHD
For more information please contact Brendan Gilmartin at Chart Room Media (347) 450-3048 (Brendan@chartroommedia.com)