(16-22 September '94)

New York-based photographer Glen E. Friedman just celebrated the impending release of his first book, Fuck You Heroes (Burning Flags Press and 2.13.61), with a special five-day [extended to three weeks] showing at Santa Monica's Julie Rico Gallery. The book, a collection of Friedman's photographs from 1976-1991, showcases sub-cultural heroes who refuse to play along with the norm. Friedman's photographs--images that capture the surging energy of punk, hip-hop, and skateboarding--burst with the same sort of tenacious quality.

Friedman has trained his lens on groups like Minor Threat, Black Flag, Fugazi, the Beastie Boys, and other punk pioneers with the same skill with which he's frozen hip-hop pilgrams like L.L. Cool J, and Chuck D. in honest, intimate moments of power and integrity. Friedman's camera seems to have been part of the action, so when Friedman's there, you're there.

And Friedman has literally been there throughout his career. His early documentation of Santa Monica's DogTown skateboarding scene was featured in seminal issues of SkateBoarder, Action Now, and Thrasher magazines, while his punk credentials include his having produced Suicidal Tendencies' debut platter. Recently, Friedman's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, and the New York Times.

You want action? Fuck You Heroes is the ticket.