Musical breaks, world music festivals � Music for 2
You were at Woodstock, and then at the centre of a very exciting period in New York, when bands like Blondie, the Ramones and Talking Heads broke through; what was it like from the inside looking out?
“Actually it wasn’t received very well at first. It wasn’t something that was embraced wholeheartedly in the business world, or on radio. And for quite a while, we really had an uphill battle. I think it was a very treasured kind of local thing, and at that point, in the very early days, it certainly wasn’t important to other people.
It was just the Lower East Side, and some of the West Village that was aware of what was going on. It was priceless in a way, because people got to experiment and do things without being judged. We were all just paying court visits to one another. Chris says it was like vaudeville, I think it was more like some sort of art exchange, a music exchange.”
This so true in the beginning of the Punk movement they were mostly ignored by the media, unlike today's Punks that are embraced and so mainstream, In the day it was very underground. I was lucky to have known about these artist in those days due to my boyfriend listening to an underground radio show, the late risers club in Boston. I was lucky to have seen Blondie, The Ramones, Patty Smith, 999, The Dickies, Elvis Costello and more that I can't remember right now. So lucky to have been at CBGB's in it's heyday. I'm glad that Blondie is still around and touring and sounding fabulous.
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