posted October 13, 2008Tweet
Folks in the music industry love to throw around the phrase "back in the day" - a nod to how much more innovative and fresh and new things were at some undefinable point in the past. Few folks, however, can truly define "back in the day." Fewer still can claim to have been there.
Photographer Theresa Kereakes is one of those people. Kereakes' life took a fabled turn when she did the first photo shoot for a friend's new band. That band? Punk legends The Germs. Shorty after that photo shoot, Kereakes became the default documenter of the Sunset Strip scene during the late '70s, photographing her close friends as they cumulatively wrote an important chapter in Rock History. The photographs of those friends - now icons and household names like Iggy Pop, Blondie, Joan Jett, Billy Idol The Dead Boys and more - have become the foremost collection of this classic, controversial time. As Kereakes herself puts it, "I was there. See?"
Theresa's photos have been seen in Playboy, Rolling Stone, Trouser Press and Creem. Her album credits include The Germs "Forming" 7-inch, Stiv Bators, The Children of Nuggets box set, The Dead Boys, Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las, and The Pandoras.
Kereakes' many book credits faithfully show the significance of her classic '70s and '80s punk photos, and include the voluminous "Punk Turns 30," as well as many pieces in "Punk 365," "Bomp Records," "The Official Punk Rock Book Of Lists," The Debbie Harry biography "Platinum Blonde" and "Heebie Jeebies At CBGB's."
All of these images, and the stories they tell, come together in Kereakes' monumental collection of rare and classic images from the punk rock heyday of the late '70s, entitled: "Unguarded Moments: Backstage And Beyond." On stage, off stage, at home, personal, and private - Kereakes' true strength is showing us what others never could: that rare backstage-pass, an elite VIP invite to the after-show party and every rock 'n' roll fan's dream. Layered beneath the gloss and the grit is the truth behind fame: everybody has an unguarded moment where his or her innate humanity is revealed.
The opening reception for "Unguarded Moments: Backstage And Beyond" is December 5th, 2008. Beautifully stark Black and White photos by Kereakes display the grand history of late '70s Los Angeles. They show the world she shared with some of the most influential and legendary performers of the final quarter of the 20th Century: raw and candid images of Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Belinda Carlisle and The Go Go's, The Cramps, The Germs, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Dead Boys, The Avengers, Iggy Pop and even some guest appearances by rock legends David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.
December 5-December 31, 2008 at the Metropolis Gallery in Lancaster PA. Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.