Personal Photos from CBGB Documenting the East Village Art and Music Scene in the ’70s

A record of their time together has been collected in what David Owen, co-founder of London vintage booksellers IDEA Books Ltd, has described as a “Superbook” — a unique work of “cultural significance.” Bettie Visits CBGB contains a group of photos featuring Bettie with CBGB legends and other icons, presented in a folded leather wallet. The work is the subject of a 30-minute episode on Radio Wolfgang, hosted by Owen, featuring interviews with Ringma, Miller, Punk magazine founder John Holmstrom, photographer Roberta Bayley (the door person at CBGB), and more.

Miller, who runs the online exhibition space and shop Gallery 98, offered a closer look at the photos, featured in our gallery.

Patti Smith Marc H. Miller and Bettie Ringma, courtesy of 98 Bowery
Patti Smith
Marc H. Miller and Bettie Ringma, courtesy of 98 Bowery