• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Photographer Michael Grecco (COM’81) Caught ’70s Punk and New Wave at Its Crest

  1. I can’t wait to get a copy! I was at grad school at BU in Grecco’s years, at all the same clubs, lived in a loft in a pre-gentrified Fort Point Channel building where I had to listen to Third Rail practice at full volume all night long…. Interesting days in Greater Kenmore Square, back when it was alive. Also in other parts of town not mentioned in the review. Punk, yes, more often New Wave when it came to home-grown bands of note: Human Sexual Response, Bird Songs of the Mesozoic, the Girls, Willie Alexander’s Boom Boom Band, the Peter Davis Band, Mission of Burma….ah. It’s so sad what constant development and gentrification have done to Boston since then. It’s joined the ranks of Charlotte and Hartford in Greater Nowhere. No nooks and crannies left. Well, Wally’s survives in the South End, but jazz has lost venues too. There were (I counted in the late 70s) 54 movie venues (one in a diner in Somerville, etc) and about the same number of bookstores. Now what have we got? Glass.

  2. I began working at BU as an editor in ’76, back when (as Mary says) Kenmore Square was still alive and Landsdowne Street soon had a roller disco. I lived on Bay State Road at Deerfield and The Rat was awfully convenient. I saw shows with Tanya Tucker and Joe “King” Carrasco there, plus some of the groups Mary mentions. The Punk scene was lively and edgy, all right, and I’m keen to get Grecco’s book. Just looking at the photographs for this on-line article has me wishing for a sausage sandwich from Hoo Doo’s in Kenmore.

    And Boston was such a great town for movies back in the day. The Charles, the Pi Alley, the Stuart, the Paris, the Cheri, Harvard Square, the Hearthstone, the Circle, the Nick…gone, all gone, and by the wind grieved…

  3. Not to mention Spit, the Channel and the Nickelodeon movie theater where I worked while attending BU. My first night working was the opening of “Rock n Roll High School,” the Ramones version of the Beatles Hard Days Night. I sold popcorn behind the counter as the Ramones stood beside me signing autographs on albums and naked body parts offered to them across the counter. It was a seminal moment for a this wide-eyed music lover. Never forgot it. Never will.

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