by Patricia Grandjean
Apr 13, 2011
02:16 PM
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The Flowering of Punk Rock

The Flowering of Punk Rock

Debbie Harry and Blondie

“Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” The Flowering of Punk Rock: Photographs by Tom Hearn opens at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts April 14, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Cheshire photographer chronicled the American punk rock scene for Punk magazine from 1976 through 1979 in photos that were taken at Connecticut’s legendary Shaboo Inn in Willimantic, Toad’s Place, the Arcadia Ballroom, the Great American Music Hall and the Oxford Ale House in New Haven as well as at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City in New York City.

The exhibit of 90 black-and-white photographs features Punk founder, and Hearn’s childhood friend, Legs McNeil, the B-52s, the Ramones, Debbie Harry and Blondie, Iggy Pop, David Johansen and local Connecticut bands including the Survivors, Saucers and Scout House. 

In a press release, Hearn is quoted as saying: “I photographed the Ramones only three times, twice in New Haven—first on July 22, 1976 at the Arcadia Ballroom on Whalley Avenue, and then at their first Toad’s Place show on Jan. 5, 1978; also at the legendary Shaboo Inn in Willimantic, Conn. on April 29, 1978.  I know all the exact dates because guitarist Johnny Ramone kept meticulous records of all of their 2,263 performances between 1974-1996.  When the B-52s had their first New Haven show at the Oxford Ale House in 1978, I was there, too and I took pictures of Blondie at Toads Place in October ’78 and at CBGBs in New York in ’77.”

The exhibit runs through May 27. The related event "Punk Out Loud” will take place at the Walsh Gallery April 16 from 6:30 to 7:30. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, coauthors of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, will read excerpts from their classic book with musical accompaniment by Billy Hough.

Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Admission is free. Tues. through Sat., 11 to 5, Sun. noon-4. For more information, call (203)  254-4010 or visit


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