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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bang your Gavel on the Punk Rock

The Ramones may have helped me get through high school but little did I know they would get my kid through college. Literally. There might be some value in all of those concert posters, pins and records I dutifully collected in my youth.

On November 24th, fine art auction house Christie's will host an auction of punk, rock, soul, and reggae memorabilia called "Pop Culture: Punk/Rock" at its 20 Rockefeller Plaza location in New York City. Kinda makes sense as aging punk rockers, “boonkers” (boomers + punkers) want to relive their halcyon safety pin and leather days.

Over 300 items will be up for sale, with estimated prices ranging from a couple hundred dollars to multiple thousands. Artists represented in the auction include David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, the Ramones, Television, Blondie, Sex Pistols, the Clash, Buzzcocks, the Germs, Black Flag, Fear, Raymond Pettibon, the Dead Boys, the Damned, the Misfits, Devo, New Order, the Cure, the Smiths, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Beastie Boys, the Beatles, James Brown, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Daniel Johnston, and photographer Mick Rock. Wow, somebody’s been peeking at my iTunes catalogue!

A few highlights from the auction include the portable organ John Lennon played on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and at Shea Stadium in 1965, a bass guitar Kurt Cobain used to record demos in the early 1980s, an original flyer advertising a Sex Pistols/Clash/Buzzcocks gig in 1976, and the original artwork from the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. Oh and a certain historic concert poster when The Ramones played in London, England in 1976, where members of the Clash and Sex Pistols were said to be in attendance. Pure history my friends, I can’t believe that was thirty two years ago.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hard to believe only Tommy is left. The Ramones were and always will be awesome.

Thnaks for the post.