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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Punk rock pix exhibit opens Thursday night at Fairfield University

Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, (203) 254-4242
The Flowering of Punk Rock: Photographs by Tom Hearn
Apr. 14—May 27, 2011.
Opening reception: Thurs., Apr. 14, 5:30—7:30 p.m.
Special Event: Punk Out Loud, Sat., Apr. 16, 6:30—7:30 p.m.

Press release

The Flowering of Punk Rock features photographs taken by Cheshire, CT native during the seminal punk rock years of 1976—1979. Hearn was a longtime friend of Tom HearnJohn Holmstrom and Legs McNeil, founders of Punk Magazine, an irreverent zine that chronicled the musicians, scenesters and attitude that made New York City the center of the underground pop universe.

Hearn’s pictures are resonant with the scent of stale beer and cigarette smoke, visions of black leather jackets and torn jeans and the oceanic electric wave roar of aggro vocals and buzzsaw guitar chords.

Photos were taken at legendary venues like CBGB and Max's Kansas City in New York City as well as Willimantic's Shaboo Inn, New Haven's Toad's Place and the Arcadia Ballroom. Regularly featured in magazines such as Punk, Rolling Stone and Shindig, Hearn's photographs truly capture a scene at the very peak of its power and energy.

There will be an opening tomorrow, Thurs., Apr. 14, from 5:30—7:30 p.m. On Sat. evening, Apr. 16, from 6:30—7:30 p.m., Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain will read from their acclaimed book Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, with musical accompaniment by Billy Hough.

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