From revolutionary politics to game-changing street style, punk and hip hop have a lot in common. Although one was headquartered way uptown and the other made its home downtown (and across the pond in London), both grew out of working-class neighborhoods in the last quarter of the 20th century. Now, punk and hip hop’s founders are among music’s most recognizable and iconoclastic icons.
Still, we rarely see these two kindred forms juxtaposed. That’s one reason we’re so excited about Catch the Beat: The Roots of Punk & Hip Hop, a show that brings together the work of Janette Beckman and David Corio, photographers who published photos of both scenes in British music papers throughout the ’80s and beyond. Another reason we can’t to check it out? The images in the preview gallery after the jump, which feature everyone from Public Enemy and Run DMC to the Ramones and Ari Up of the Slits, are quite simply some of the best music photos we’ve ever seen. The show opens March 10 at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. Click over to Flavorpill for more info on visiting.
Janette Beckman, Run DMC and posse, Hollis, Queens, 1984