The series Rhapsodic City: Music of New York brings you an evening featuring a collection of short films that focus on the experiences of young Punks in New York. Works to be screened include:
Punking Out, 1979. Directed by Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, Frederic A. Shore: Shot in 1977, this 25-minute film features performance and interview footage of the Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids at CBGB.
Jane, 1974. Directed by John Rosen: A mini-portrait of Jane Barrington, a self-proclaimed groupie as she explains her reasons for choosing her lifestyle, her conflicts with her mother, her intention to marry a rock star, her preference for British bands and her definition of a groupie.
Kidnapped, 1978. Directed by Eric Mitchell: The director’s first film, shot in super-8, stars Mitchell, Anya Phillips, Patti Astor, and Duncan Smith among a crowd of hip “poseurs,” talking sex, manners and politics.
Join NYPL on March 26 @ 6:00 pm to view these great short films. Haven’t gotten your fill of the punk lifestyle? Join music icons Debbie Harry and Blondie co-founder Chris Stein, and senior critic for Rolling Stone, Will Hermes on March 27 at 6:00 pm for a discussion of how music in the 1970s created its own personality and style.