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Patti Gets Decorated
Patti Smith gets decorated by the French -- slightly old news -- but I just noticed that the photo of her getting medalized on the front of her site is by Sue Rynski, a very cool rock photog from Detroit who's living in Paris, doing art photography and shooting rock & roll from time to time. She's been called "a cult figure of the pre-punk/punk rock scene, which she documented during 1977-82 in Detroit" -- and she's a friend of Gregg's Detroit rock/punk scene friends, so we had breakfast with her while Gregg was still here. Here's a bit of bio on her:

Trained in Paris, at Rhode Island School of Design, and at University of Michigan, she found artistic inspiration in the re-emergence of powerful, original rock music. The transfer of energy from performer to photographer is evident in her work, which captures movement and emotion live and up close.

Rynski was chief photographer for the legendary White Noise magazine, Paul Zimmerman and Jerry "Vile" Peterson's first Detroit publication. Her photos also appeared in the local, national, and international music and mainstream press, as well as being in demand by the bands. She was nominated for Best Photographer in the first Michigan Rock Awards. In 1983-84, she briefly took the stage herself as lead singer of psychedelic pop rock band Batteur Attaqué.

She believes that music is a precious cultural and artistic heritage, especially Detroit's original music. Her photo archives preserve a highly creative era in rock history. Artists photographed include Detroit's own as well as the other well known U.S. and British bands of the period. A selection from Sue Rynski's archives is exhibited at Detroit's cpop gallery.

See her vintage Detroit rock/punk photos here. And an interview with her here.

Posted by aalkon at July 26, 2005 8:27 AM

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This brought back a few memories! I remember going to the Second Chance in Ann Arbor to see Marshall Crenshaw, another Detroit musician, and my very first concert ever was to see the Detroit-based band The Rockets at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. I think they might have had one hit or so.

Posted by: Claire at July 26, 2005 8:05 PM

Speaking of Patti Smith, whom I hold dear, where is our favorite half-horse blogger?

Posted by: eric at July 26, 2005 8:07 PM

Explain how a page of fashion photos from Detroit could include no black people?

Nevermind: Turns out the trend the page celebrates is dead and unmourned.

Posted by: Crid at July 26, 2005 9:03 PM

Specifics are irresistable. Did "Johnny Thunders" ever do anything to a guitar that anyone wanted done? Can anyone two years older or younger than this individual whistle consecutive bars of his work?

I can hear it now: 'But they had that energy, man, that ENERGY....'

Posted by: Crid at July 26, 2005 9:09 PM

I dunno, Crid. It's not MY music. Musically, I am desperately, desperately uncool. At the moment, I have Jackie Gleason's Music, Mem'ries, and Martinis playing. Yes, he was more than a TV star. He was a fantastic big-band leader.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 27, 2005 1:24 AM

More people would rather hang out with the Great One wearing a tux than with Johnny Thunders in a skinny tie.

The destroy monsters girl is pretty cute though.

Posted by: Crid at July 27, 2005 6:21 AM

on his own, i think his main acclaim comes from drinking, getting stoned, being AWOL from concerts, dying - you know, "the ultimate rock n' roll lifestyle".
it's not hummable music anyway.

Posted by: kittie at July 27, 2005 8:16 AM

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