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.)