L.A. VILLAGE VIEW
(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
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.
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