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Exclusive Preview of ‘Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: NYC Bad Boys’

Check out photographer Marcia Resnick’s iconic pics of Mick Jagger, Johnny Thunders and more from her upcoming book

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat featured in 'Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: New York City Bad Boys 1977-1982' by Marcia Resnick and Victor Bockris.

Marcia Resnick

If you hung out in New York City's music, art and alt-lit scenes during the late Seventies and early Eighties, you were likely to run into older Beat Generation icons trading secrets with downtown gallery newbies; gonzo celebrity comedians catching live shows with punk wastoids; New Wave singers mixing with Factory staples and trash-flick auteurs. For photographer Marcia Resnick, these creatures of the night-life were her people, and luckily for us, she always had a few rolls of film handy. Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: NYC Bad Boys, 1977-1982 captures her shots of everyone from William S. Burroughs to Iggy Pop, John Belushi to Jean-Michel Basquiat, traipsing and trolling their way through a city that literally never seems to sleep.

"The people from the extraordinary New York milieu amongst whom I was living and working," Resnick says in the intro, "had no way of knowing that the years between 1977 and 1982 were enchanted, endangered, and unrepeatable." As a time capsule of Koch-era New York, this coffee-table tome offers a glimpse into a bygone era; as a portrait of iconic "bad boys" whose work continues to inspire and fascinate folks decades later, it's damned near invaluable. (It also features writing from noted Warhol and Velvet Underground biographer Victor Bockris.)

Check out this gallery of pics from the book (available on November 10th), complete with mini-bios of the subjects.

(All photographs © 2015 Marcia Resnick from Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: New York City Bad Boys 1977-1982 by Marcia Resnick and Victor Bockris, published by Insight Editions. Used with permission.)

The Kipper Kids

Marcia Resnick

The Kipper Kids

Harry and Harry Kipper were Martin von Haselberg and Brian Routh, an improvisational, slapstick, avant-garde performance art duo.

Robert Quine

Marcia Resnick

Robert Quine

Guitarist who recorded Blank Generation with the Voidoids and The Blue Mask with Lou Reed. Quine revolutionized punk rock with his brilliant, quirky guitar solos. Born 1942; died 2004.

Robert Gordon

Marcia Resnick

Robert Gordon

Rockabilly vocalist and member of Tuff Darts. During his solo career, Gordon collaborated with Chris Spedding and Link Wray.

Peter Tosh

Marcia Resnick

Peter Tosh

Jamaican reggae guitarist who was a member of the Wailers with Bob Marley. Tosh was a promoter of Rastafari and, in his solo career, sang "(You Gotta Walk and) Don't Look Back" with Mick Jagger. Born 1944; died 1987.

Iggy Pop

Marcia Resnick

Iggy Pop

Vocalist, songwriter, charismatic performer, record producer, and founding member of the influential punk rock band the Stooges (known for the album Raw Power) and solo singles "Lust for Life" and "The Passenger."

Muhammed Ali

Marcia Resnick

Muhammad Ali

Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and poet who became a leading figure in the anti–Vietnam War movement when he refused to be drafted. Floated like a butterfly, stung like a bee.

Johnny Thunders

Marcia Resnick

Johnny Thunders

Vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers, with whom he sang "Born to Lose," "Chinese Rocks," and "London Boys" (the latter song in response to the Sex Pistols song "New York," a put-down of the Dolls). Thunders' hit "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" was on his solo album So Alone. Born 1952; died 1991.

Alan Vega, Martin Rev, Suicide

Marcia Resnick

Alan Vega and Martin Rev

Vocalist and synthesizer/drum-machine player, respectively, that made up the influential electronic proto-punk duo Suicide.

Tony Shafrazi

Marcia Resnick

Tony Shafrazi

Artist who spray-painted KILL LIES ALL on Pablo Picass's Guernica in 1974 and founded the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, which exhibited work by artists including Keith Haring and Francis Bacon.

Divine

Marcia Resnick

Divine

A.K.A. aka Harris Glenn Milstead: Actor and drag queen who starred in John Waters films including Pink Flamingos and Hairspray. Born 1945; died 1988.

John Belushi

Marcia Resnick

John Belushi

Consummate comic actor and musician known for performing on Saturday Night Live and in hit movies like National Lampoon's Animal House and The Blues Brothers. Born 1949; died 1982.

William Burroughs, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol

Marcia Resnick

William S. Burroughs (with Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol)

Burroughs was a leading member of the Beat Generation's inner circle, which included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso. Burroughs was the greatest visionary of the counterculture; his influential books included Junky, Naked Lunch, and Cities of the Red Night. His New York City living quarters on the Bowery were referred to as the Bunker. Born 1914; died 1997.

Andy Warhol

Marcia Resnick

Andy Warhol

Prolific artist who produced pop art paintings and silkscreens, films, photos, records, books, magazines, and superstars. His art depicting Campbell's soup cans, flowers, and famous faces revolutionized American culture. He was one of the most influential visual artists of the twentieth century. Born 1928; died 1987.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones photographed in New York City, 1980. ** HIGHER RATES APPLY ** © Marcia Resnick / Retna Ltd.

Marcia Resnick

Mick Jagger

Lead vocalist for the Rolling Stones, songwriter, entrepreneur, and androgynous male icon — as well as co-writer of "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Brown Sugar," and countless other rock & roll classics.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Marcia Resnick

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Graffiti artist whose tag was SAMO. He became internationally renowned for neo-expressionist paintings celebrating African-American heroes like Charlie Parker, Muhammad Ali, and Miles Davis. Born 1960; died 1988.