Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground
Preface by Jake Austen and Foreword by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.
While most teenagers daydreamt of summer break while playing rock 'n' roll in their bedrooms, fourteen-year-old Paul Zone danced away his youth in underground clubs with those very same rock stars, exploring the concrete playground with actors, drag queens, and drug addicts. The mid-1970s was a time when the death of glam and the birth of punk rock collided in a celebration of glitter and grunge, and Zone had a front-row seat to it all. In this incredible photo memoir, Zone shares personal images that have never been released to the public alongside memories of the era, all through the eyes of a youngster whose reverential regard to his subjects made him a regular fixture in the lives of these greats. Zone captures the joys and the fantasy of the New York underground with a genuine intimacy, making this volume a worthy tribute to the legends of underground rock royalty.
About the Author:
Paul Zone spent his early teenage years photographing his friends at Max's Kansas City, Mercer Arts Center, Club 82, and CBGB during New York's Glam Rock era and the early days of Punk. He became the resident DJ at Max's and, with his brothers Miki and Mandy, was in a band called The Fast. In the 1980s, Paul and Miki formed the electronic duo Man 2 Man, recording the international pop hit "Male Stripper." Although Zone's photography has been exhibited in Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Canada, and the United States, Playground is the first comprehensive assemblage of his personal images from the American punk era.