Marcia Resnick



Insight Editions
November 10, 2015
288 Pages



Marcia Resnick (New York, NY)

Photographer, Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: NYC Bad Boys, 1977-1982

Victor Bockris (New York, NY)

Author, Punks, Poets & Provocateurs: NYC Bad Boys, 1977-1982


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“The people from the extraordinary New York milieu amongst whom I was living and working had no way of knowing that the years between 1977 and 1982 were enchanted, endangered, and unrepeatable,” explains photographer Marcia Resnick.

It was a time and place populated by icons, iconoclasts, and antiheroes whom Resnick documented with a unique and evocative eye. In Punks, Poets & Provocateurs, her photographs of the “enfants terrible” reflect this unique time in the worlds of jazz, rock and roll, literature, art, and film, from an era that remains highly influential. Rockers Johnny Thunders, Joey Ramone, James Brown, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Brian Eno, and Mick Jagger; beat poets William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso; provocateurs and raconteurs John Waters, Steve Rubell, Gary Indiana, Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, and the incomparable John Belushi are included here along with text by Victor Bockris and contemporary writings that create a context for Resnick’s photography from this inimitable era.


  • Includes never-before-seen photographs of the icons of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s New York City music, art, and literary scene, including David Byrne, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, John Belushi, Sting, Chuck Berry, Gil Scott-Heron, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and more.
  • 2015 marks the 35th anniversary of John Belushi and James Brown’s notable The Blues Brothers, John Basquiat’s breakthrough as an artist, the publication of Iggy Pop’s autobiography I Need More, and Norman Mailer’s book The Executioner’s Song receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • An Intimate Tell-All: As much a part of the New York scene as a chronicler of it, Resnick offers firsthand accounts about her encounters, interactions, and relationships with some of the most iconoclastic and influential personalities of the era.
  • Expert Commentary: As an author covering the beat, punk, and pop-art movements for more than thirty years, Victor Bockris offers revelatory insights into the life of personalities such as Andy Warhol and this uniquely creative time.


Marcia Resnick was and remains the memory of the NYC downtown scene of 1977 to 1982, living the life even as she chronicled it. Her photographs of the “enfants terrible” reflect this unique time in the worlds of jazz, rock and roll, literature, art, and film, from an era that remains highly influential.

Victor Bockris has written about the heroes of the beat and punk movements for over thirty years. He is the author or co-author of major biographies on Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, and many others. The New York Times Book Review describes Bockris’s Warhol: The Biography as “The best so far . . . The one to read for knowledge of Warhol the man.” Victor lives in New York City.

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