Saturday, February 26, 2005

PUNKS & PROVOCATEURS invite, opening April 3, 2005

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 INVITE P&P




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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Photos: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, with SCUM and SUDDEN IMPACT opening at La Boheme, Montreal 1985

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SUDDEN IMPACT
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SCUM

SUDDEN IMPACT* and SCUM opened for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on April 8, 1985 at La Boheme, a club on St.Laurent and Roy in Montreal. More
SCUM photos are on my Indyfoto site. GENETIC CONTROL also played on the bill but I unfortunately missed their show.

*(Thanks to Death for the ID!)


 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 1985

 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 1985

 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 1985

 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 1985

 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 1985
One of my favourite pit shots- I was literally hanging off a speaker for this one!

In case you're wondering why the audience photos are so dramatically different than the band and pit shots- the former were taken available light without flash. Possible because they were stationary enough to allow a slow shutter speed, and the spotlight was aimed directly at them. Whereas the band was moving and the lighting on them was abysmal. I had to use a flash, which removes all ambiance. It was a pretty rough little space so you can't expect much as a photographer, but even the large shows don't accommodate photographers in terms of their choice of filters etc. I prefer not to use flash but necessity dictates.



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Montreal 1984, Photos: Jardin Chez Josephine Sberna’s garden on Drolet

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These photos mark the first time I visited the home of Josephine Sberna, who became a dear friend. She is in the upper left of the garden, as seen from the stairs. I find it so hard to print some of these photos as they captures such an innocent, happy moment- when we were blissfully and thankfully unaware of what destinies would befall us. Sweet, charming, wonderful Josephine, who would be murdered by an ex boyfriend 9 years later in Montreal. It still hurts- I will never get over the horror of her death- or that the man who did it was rumoured to have avoided prison even though he was identified while withdrawing money from her ATM bank account. Her mother however was told that the man who killed Josephine received 8 years- and has asked me to verify this.

In 2007 I finally had a chance to visit her family grave in Marignane, France, where she was born and is now buried.
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josephine sberna 1984

josephine sberna 1984

josephine sberna 1984

josephine sberna 1984
Sheila Urbanowski


I began a facebook group,
In memory of Josephine Sberna: Inoubliable!
, for her friends to have a place to remember her.



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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Montreal 1984, Photo: Art Opening,with guests Vava Vol, Ava Rave etc.

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Annette (right) and friend, 1984

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Vava Vol, 1984

art show 1984
Olivier, 1984
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Vava Vol and Ava Rave, 1984
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In '84 I started designing clothes, using fluorescent spray painted mesh, leather strips and the shells of hats. I sold them on this one occasion at an Alternative Art Fair, and photographed everyone who bought my pieces. A very young girl convinced her father to buy her a vest and hat. As she left, someone said, "Didn't you know, that was "Nick Auf der Maur's daughter! You should have photographed HIM!" Nick was a well-known and highly eccentric journalist and politician in Montreal, whom I later did PHOTOGRAPH for a magazine article. I now have no idea who this girl really is though, as Melissa recently told a friend it ISN'T her. "




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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Café Fifties, Montreal 1983, 1984 Photo: SHAKIN' PYRAMIDS, locals

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The Cafe Fifties was a great little after-hours on St.Denis Street, where we'd hang out after shows. A friend in a Montreal rockabilly band, The SNEAKERS, introduced me to it in '83.

Everything runs late in Montreal. People don't leave the house to go out before 11pm. Bars close at 3am- THEN we'd scout for after hours. As I'd make it home to bed, the morning shift at the St.Laurent bakery would be finishing their first batch of sticky buns- the aroma would come wafting into my space 3 doors down. We'd tell the time by a schedule of pastries and breads being baked. I miss that place.

The guy in the photo with the cane was a regular on the scene- very distinctive! Like a lot of people I knew, I don't recall sharing a conversation beyond "salut, ca va bien…", but it was all very amiable. This photo was taken post GBH (at Cargo- see earlier entry) on April 2, 1984.
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Funny thing about this photo- I realized 21 years later while finally enlarging it, that the guy in the background who kissing a girl while on rollerskates, is Erick- the same man I ended up living with a year later! At the time of this photo we hadn't yet met (and when we did, I was by coincidence on rollerskates!) , though I'd apparently already photographed him!

The SNEAKERS opened for a Scottish band called "The SHAKIN' PYRAMIDS" in ‘83 . The venue wouldn’t let me shoot the main act, but we brought them back with us post gig. I photographed them hanging out in the Café Fifties.
The SHAKIN' PYRAMIDS

Visit my INDYFOTO music site for more
SHAKIN' PYRAMIDS photos !

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Bartender at Café Fifties, 1988

MEN WITHOUT HATS

The amazing Ivan of MEN WITHOUT HATS at the Spectrum in 1983. You’ll remember him for, "Safety Dance" . BOYS BRIGADE opened for them- Wayne Lorenz, formerly of the 70s Toronto punk group ANDROIDS, was playing bass.

Peace March 1983
I went to a lot of peace rallies (and still do). In 1980 I'd visited Central and South America and subsequently got involved in actions to oppose the vicious juntas in Central America and oppose US interference in countries such as Nicaragua and El Salvador. Bands such as NO POLICY, seen above, also participated. It generally isn't a problem to get punks to shout loudly about something, though sometimes I questioned whether they understood the actual issues involved. For instance, during the 1985 Quebec City demo against Reagan's visit, the above band was scheduled to play a concert in a local church "following" the protest. It however emerged that the CSN had arranged that the legal protest would expire before Reagan even arrived on site. In effect, undermining our attempt to offer him a noisy greeting. I tried to convince a member of NP to ask the protesters to remain on site for the now illegal demo, to wait for Reagan's arrival. NP would obviously have some sway with their fan base, but he refused, saying that he really wanted the protesters to attend NO POLICY'S gig. He then turned and left for the church with his punk audience in tow. I thought after this, hmmm, appropriate name for the band...

I don't have any photos of NO POLICY performing, but did photograph their one female member, Rebecca Tucker (a great girl with lots of personality!) , at the DK show in April 1985. It is on the NO POLICY Indyfoto site as well as other shots of the band!





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Photos: TOXIC REASONS (?) , SEX GANG CHILDREN Rock Hotel, NYC, 1983 /1984, ASEXUALS Cargo, Montreal - 1984

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Goth band, SEX GANG CHILDREN, taken either 1983 or 1984 at the Rock Hotel, NYC

rock hotel 1983

rock hotel 1983

rock hotel 1983
Their intriguing Goth audience- rivalling the band in visual intensity, as is often the case.

TOXIC REASONS performing in 1984 at the Rock Hotel, NYC.
Thanks to JJ the TR drummer for the positive ID , and for being the first to leave a tip for this site- greatly appreciated on both counts!

rock hotel 1984

rock hotel 1984

rock hotel 1984

The following band opened for TOXIC REASONS at the Rock Hotel the same night. I believe they're from the UK- I need help identifying them !

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rock hotel 1984

DEJA VOODOO at Foufounes (Montreal) in 1984, I believe...

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The ASEXUALS at Cargo (Montreal) in 1984.
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RE-Can you help identify these bands????
"Death to false metal" posted this-
"I think the goth band is Sex Gang Children and the Montreal band is the Asexuals."
That sounds right. Thanks! I thought the Montreal band looked like Kastner- but the next year I shot him in a hall in the West end and he looked even younger- so it didn't make sense (see ASEXUALS 1985 )



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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Photo: Foufounes Electriques- regulars, Montreal, 1985

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My friend Charles Kenny, no longer with us…

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Marc, also deceased way too young, and Violaine, who is happily still with us. She came to the opening and the auction and it was wonderful to see her again!!!



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vava vol

Vava Vol was Foufoune’s wonderful bartender and a true punk diva, renowned in the Montreal and NYC alternative scene as a performance artist.

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(L-R) Ben La Base & Brigitte, singer/ chanteuse avec/ with "Terapi".

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(L-R) Piccolo & Benoit Boivin
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The 70s were apparently never far enough away, even in the 80s.

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"Satie" was my beloved Siamese cat... she died age 17 of natural causes- a rarity in our group.
gens fouf Sweet Dominique



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About Me

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Linda Dawn Hammond,MFA, AKA Dawn One, is a photographer and journalist. As a teenager in 1976, she began covering music events for various magazines. During the late 70s she became involved in punk, documenting an insider's perspective of the music, political and social scenes in Montreal, Toronto, NYC, the UK and Europe, included in this blog as photographs and commentary. Linda Dawn Hammond continues to work as a photojournalist, specializing in music, art and politics. As a fine arts photographer, she has exhibited in galleries been and published widely.