Photo Gallery: The Roots of the Punk and Hip-Hop Revolutions


From revolutionary politics to game-changing street style, punk and hip hop have a lot in common. Although one was headquartered way uptown and the other made its home downtown (and across the pond in London), both grew out of working-class neighborhoods in the last quarter of the 20th century. Now, punk and hip hop’s founders are among music’s most recognizable and iconoclastic icons.

Still, we rarely see these two kindred forms juxtaposed. That’s one reason we’re so excited about Catch the Beat: The Roots of Punk & Hip Hop, a show that brings together the work of Janette Beckman and David Corio, photographers who published photos of both scenes in British music papers throughout the ’80s and beyond. Another reason we can’t to check it out? The images in the preview gallery after the jump, which feature everyone from Public Enemy and Run DMC to the Ramones and Ari Up of the Slits, are quite simply some of the best music photos we’ve ever seen. The show opens March 10 at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. Click over to Flavorpill for more info on visiting.

Janette Beckman, Run DMC and posse, Hollis, Queens, 1984

David Corio, The Ramones at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1979

Janette Beckman, Debbie Harry, London, 1981

David Corio, Afrika Bambaataa at London’s The Venue, 1982

David Corio, The Slits at Alexandria Palace, London, 1980

Janette Beckman, Eric B and Rakim, New York City, 1985

David Corio, John Lydon at Hotel London, 1983

David Corio, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, London, 1986

Janette Beckman, Dee Dee Ramone, London, 1981

David Corio, Public Enemy

Janette Beckman, Roxanne Shante, New York City, 1985

Janette Beckman, Rude boy twins Chuka and Dubem, 1981

Janette Beckman, Slick Rick, New York City, 1989

Janette Beckman, Paul Weller and Pete Townshend, London, 1980

Janette Beckman, The Freshmen, Lower East Side, NYC, 1988

Janette Beckman, Joe Strummer, Milan, 1981

Biz Markie, London, 1988

David Corio, Ian Dury, Brighton, 1982

Janette Beckman, Shane MacGowan, London, 1981

David Corio, The Fugees at Sony, NYC, 1994

Janette Beckman, Boy George, London, 1981

Janette Beckman, Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Los Angeles, 1990