CHARLIE BEESLEY'S DISCARDED AMERICA: EARS, EYES AND THROAT RESTORED CLASSIC AND LOST PUNK FILMS 1976 TO 1981
byNWR's featured movie seen through a sequence of found photos.
This chapter’s photos are not inspired by its film content, focusing instead on the young and wild in general, through the decades, and their contempt for squares, straights, clones, Clydes, Wonder Breads and L7s. Punk, like underground a decade before and bebop before that, was seen as an affront to society as well as a challenge to music and the music business. But the world turns. In the case of punk rock, the silken robes and powdered wigs of Topographic Oceans gave way to Bowery Voidoid Richard Hell’s spiked hair and sunken cheeks, artfully placed safety pins holding his artfully torn shirts together. Hell’s handy template unleashed a deluge of sullen Rottens, Strummers, Idols, Lunches, Bators and Billie Joes that will no doubt continue for generations. But there have always been unruly kids with bad attitudes; skipping class and using tortured hair, funny clothes, cigarettes, drugs, booze, graffiti, hot cars, hot sex or maybe even occasional violence to prove they’re not like everybody else. These are their stories.
Charlie Beesley is a burrowing nocturnal creature at peace in the Pacific Northwest after years drifting coast to coast avoiding the music, book and movie industries. An obsessive collector from birth, he has concentrated on photographs since the early nineties.