|Playground / Book Cover|
It's always interesting to read something or watch a film about a way of living life that is so different from your own. I think that this is one of the many strengths of creativity. We can be transported to another time or place with the turning of a page or as we watch the opening credits of a film. In those moments we can either find a bit of ourselves or we can bear witness to the lives of people who were just that little bit different than ourselves.
|Author: Paul Zone|
|Debbie Harry (Blondie) / Max’s Kansas City, 1975|
|Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones) & Connie Gripp / Max's Kansas City’s kitchen, 1975|
One thing that I found so brilliant about the photos in this book was the fact that Zone took them with a 110 Instamatic, a Brownie, and a Polaroid camera. He wasn't using top of the line equipment, but it didn't matter because he got some really amazing shots. He did an excellent job of documenting a slice of 70's New York City. There is such a truth to Zone's photos and it's the ultimate peek behind the scenes of an intriguing time.
|Tish & Snooky / Manic Panic, St. Marks Pl. 1978|
|David Johansen (New York Dolls) / Max's Kansas City, August 1973|
In addition to the photos, Zone tells the stories from his own life with a realness that I totally respect. He doesn't sugar-coat anything and yet alongside the grittier things there is also evidence of fun times that Zone and his contemporaries all had in the New York underground.
|Crayola / Max’s Kansas City 1977|
|Wayne County / Coventry, Queens NY 1973|
I was enthralled throughout the book because as I mentioned in the beginning, it's so interesting to get a look into a world that you do not know. Everyone has a story and in telling our stories this is how we hopefully understand a bit more about each other.
Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground can be purchased here.
*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.