Monday Photo Blog: Old Timers Edition

  • Published August 22, 2011 By icki
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I admit, I’ve been to my fair share of punk reunion shows, but it’s getting, um old. Too many. Too much focus on the past (this coming from someone who listens to far more music from the ’70s and earlier than current shit). And while I guess it’s cool some people are more or less sticking to their guns in terms of ideals and lifestyle, there’s just something unsettling about seeing certain 50- and 60-year-olds, well, acting like 20-year-old versions of themselves. There are ways to hang on to what you believe, keep the torch burning and generally age gracefully…and ways that make you come off like the Wavy Gravy of punks. There are a whole lotta Wavy Gravy type punks out there, not giving up the ghost, for better or worse. Not necessarily saying that about this batch of photos at, but seeing them triggers that reaction, you know?

That said, here are three shots sent by Logan Young of Viriginia of some old timers. BONUS shirtless Jello Biafra photo for you all!!! Thanks(?) Logan.

Dave Thomas (Pere Ubu) at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte, NC, 24 March 2008 (photo by Logan Young)
HR (Bad Brains) at Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, 2 May 2010 (photo by Logan Young)
Jello Biafra (and The Guantanamo School of Medicine) at the Black Cat, Washington, DC, 30 March 2010 (photo by Logan Young)

For my money, Dave Thomas is aging the most gracefully here. Next week we’ll have another round of photos shot in the DC area (by Corky Berlin), of new bands.

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