Do you drink coffee? Do you own a table? If you answered yes to both questions, the time is nigh to buy a copy of New York Noise, a coffee table book filled to the brim with an aromatic, tasty brew of photos from the New York music and art scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Spanning a whole decade, from 1978 to 1988, this luffly pub is chock-full of huge, stark yet gorgeous black and white photography that ping-pongs wildly back and forth from one genre to another.
From avant-garde classical composers John Cage and Phillip Glass to elder rockers Lou Reed and Patti Smith. From no wavers James Chance, DNA and Lydia Lunch to post-punkers Bush Tetras, ESG, Liquid Liquid and Y Pants. From minimal guitar composers Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca to mainstreamers David Byrne, Madonna and Michael Stipe. From hip-hoppers LL Cool J and the Rock Steady Crew to visual artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, plus dozens upon dozens more. Amazingly, Paula Court was there in the right time and place, in the middle of a violently artistic vortex, documenting it all.