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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated (June 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988174553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988174559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] striking photo memoir of the decade. (Publisher's Weekly, May 26, 2014)

[Paul Zone's] book, Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground, is an album about stardom’s essential feature: an interesting aura shaped by an interesting face...Zone’s black-and-white images are beautiful because they’re filled with attitude. (Hilton Als The New Yorker, July 7, 2014)

About the Author

Paul Zone spent his early teenage years photographing his friends at Max's Kansas City, Mercer Arts Center, Club 82, and CBGB during New York's Glam Rock era and the early days of Punk. He became the resident DJ at Max's and, with his brothers Miki and Mandy, was in a band called The Fast. In the 1980s, Paul and Miki formed the electronic duo Man 2 Man, recording the international pop hit Male Stripper. Although Paul's photography has been exhibited in Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Canada, and the United States, Playground is the first comprehensive assemblage of his personal images from the American punk era.Jake Austen is the editor of Roctober magazine, author of TV-A-Go-Go: Rock Music on Television from American Bandstand to American Idol, co-author of Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip Hop, and editor of Flying Saucers Rock n Roll. He also produces the all-ages dance show, Chic-A-Go-Go. Jake Austen is the editor of Roctober magazine, author of TV-A-Go-Go: Rock Music on Television from American Bandstand to American Idol, co-author of Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip Hop, and editor of Flying Saucers Rock n Roll. He also produces the all-ages dance show, Chic-A-Go-Go. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein are the founders of the punk rock band Blondie and helped pioneer the American New Wave scene of the 1970s.

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It also provides a very personal insight into the ravages of the AIDS epidemic in the homosexual community in the early eighties.
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Great book which chronicles the new york glam and punk scene from someone who lived it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KannibalKrunch on June 4, 2014
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This book is fantastic! I pre-ordered it as soon as I could (August 2013) and it arrived June 2014... right on time!
Anyone with an interest in the early music scene of New York City, and who craves a first hand account of what it was like, will be in heaven.
Sturdy construction and great photographic reproductions make for a spellbinding tour of the many under-documented music venues (Mother's, Club 82, Trude Heller's) and legendary ones (CBGB's and Max's Kansas City).
The book is part biography and part, as the author puts it, yearbook. Photo selections are mostly made of performance, somewhat posed (behind the scenes) and candid images of New York Dolls, Ramones, Blondie, The Fast, Alice Cooper, Patti Smith, Anya Phillips, Wayne County, et al.
This volume will take a proud place on my library shelves! Thank you, Paul!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daddy-O on June 9, 2014
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I was a close follower of the burgeoning 70s New York City punk scene, and thought many images and memories of that time were lost forever. Thanks to Paul Zone, of one of my favorite bands of the day, "The Fast", all is right in the Universe again! What a fantastic book! I am SO glad Paul is sharing this wonderful collection of images and recollections, all crammed into one beautiful volume. I highly recommend this book to anyone who was a part of the scene, or knows that punk didn't start in 1990, and wants to brush up on their history. Thank you, Paul!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Tandarich on June 8, 2014
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As someone who made it to NYC way too late to experience the New York Underground firsthand, I rely on the words and pictures of those that were in the thick of it. One of those people is the great Paul Zone of The Fast and Man 2 Man. I knew that I would be seeing some incredible pictures from someone that experienced it but I didn't know that I would be reading an incredible story as well. Paul and his brothers, Miki and Mandy, were there from the very beginning. Paul gives us a behind the scenes look at what it was like growing up and finding a place where he and his brothers could express themselves both onstage and off. The quiet moments are just as fun as the not so quiet ones. Where else can you see where members of The Fast and Joey Ramone had breakfast at 5 a.m. after a night on the town? What I really love about this book is that we get to see some history of individuals that don't get as much recognition as they should: Along with The Fast, Lance Loud, Another Pretty Face, Wayne County, The Planets. Complete with a foreword by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. No NYC punk library is complete without Playground: Growing Up In the New York Underground. Thanks Mr. Zone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By howard greenberg on June 6, 2014
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Great book which chronicles the new york glam and punk scene from someone who lived it. Not only does the writing deliver, but the pictures are fantastic. Great photographic moments of everyone from the New York Dolls to Debbie Harry. The early photos of Suicide are just great. Captures how fun and exciting that time was. Loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joanne bucsek on June 5, 2014
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This is one of the most wonderful books of the 1970's new york city rock n roll scene. Whether you were lucky enough to have there to see it all or not, you gotta read this book. Written with so much heart. And the photographs are amazing!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roberta on June 6, 2014
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There have been so many books about the New York punk scene, and not nearly enough about the era that preceded it, and sowed the seeds of what was to follow. Yes, there have been great books by Nina Antonia and Bob Gruen about the "New York Dolls", and Jayne County's "Man Enough to Be a Women", but this is the first one I've seen that is written by someone who watched the whole glitter glam scene from the front row (and later the stage) participated in its every moment, and also had a camera in hand and a great eye. Thank you Paul Zone! In addition to wonderful early shots of the Dolls and Blondie, Paul writes about the musicians as friends, because that's what they were to him, as a young teenager coming of age with two older brothers in the thick of glam rock with their band The Fast. Because the glam rock bands (Milk 'n Cookies, Another Pretty Face, Ruby & the Rednecks, etc.) did not achieve mainstream success, they have been relegated to name check status in most rock histories. Paul Zone brings the scene alive in this first hand, I-was-there history and with his wonderful photos, and amusing anecdotes. While some of the images may lack in technical perfection, that is totally made up for by their immediacy. Many of the "minor" characters are major (Linda Daneille was later to become Mrs Johnny Ramone, Abbijane became a successful fashion designer, and Anya Phillips became a designer and manager of James Chance), and the stars (Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, the Ramones, the Dolls) are transformed into "regular" people (which they were), like when Joey Ramone shows up at Paul's for the sumptuous breakfast his mother would prepare for the young rockers at 5 a.m. when they straggled in from the clubs! Fantastic true stories about a time (unfortunately) long gone.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert V Salluce on June 12, 2014
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The underrated jet-boy heart throbs that injected humor and glamour on top of a breakneck, heart attack dance beat into the darkness of NYC's mid 70s punk and pre-punk moment, The Fast beat the drum loudly signaling a new exuberant noise that's as weird as Bowie's weirdest, as gritty-romantic as a girl group and as beautiful and bright as any pop song that made you want to jump and dance and make out. Paul Zone's pics document the rough trade glamour of the bowery and glam and punk and disco and leather men and drugs and drag and the art scene from the inside out. His words are straightforward and personal, as unpretentious as his music and as sweet as the images of three little boy Brooklynites who become The Fast and kept the adrenaline going with Man 2 Man...if you dig the era and the music, get the book, fall in love with the Zone boys.
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