Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

Washington’s political historical past is well-known. Its music scene? Not a lot. That’s why John Davis, a library curator on the College of Maryland, was ecstatic when Don Hamerman gave UMD practically 200 photographs he took between 1978 and 1980 for a now-defunct DC newspaper, the Unicorn Occasions. The pictures provide an intimate glimpse into our space’s scrappy music scene again then.


Root Boy Slim Followers
1978 | Warner Theatre

These aren’t simply followers—they’re “harmless minds possessed by ‘Root’ glasses”—that’s, in line with the image’s tongue-in-cheek caption within the April 1978 version of the Unicorn Occasions. A fixture of the world’s blues-rock scene, Root Boy Slim (a.ok.a. Foster MacKenzie III) and the Intercourse Change Band had an especially devoted native fan base. Hamerman’s photographs, says Davis, “illuminate many individuals and locations that there simply isn’t that a lot documentation of” in any other case.



 

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The Slickee Boys
1978 | Washington Mission for the Arts’ authentic G Road location

With music names equivalent to “Manganese Android Puppies” and eccentric stage props, the Slickee Boys (bassist Howard Wuelfing is on the left on this picture, with guitarist Marshall Keith) performed a combination of psychedelic, storage rock, and punk, which was simply rising within the late ’70s. “Bands just like the Slickee Boys and Tru Fax and the Insaniacs have been constructing the very beginnings of DC’s punk scene, which ultimately turned massively influential and standard. And it began fairly small proper right here,” says Davis.



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François Truffaut
1979

 

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Peter Tosh
1979

 

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Patti Smith
1978 | Resort in downtown DC

Don Hamerman was a budding freelancer out of faculty, with little expertise, when he snapped this portrait of Patti Smith, at what he says might have been the Harrington Resort. How’d he get such intimate entry? “Effectively, this was earlier than the period of publicists who script each interview with the superstar,” explains Hamerman. “It was simply much more relaxed.” Because of this, Davis says, Hamerman’s picture assortment captures “the kind of unpretentiousness and accessibility of rock and roll that was nonetheless there and nonetheless alive.”



 

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Jimmy Carter and Cecil Taylor
1978 | The White Home

“DC’s music scene was actually vibrant, wholesome, and unpretentious,” says Davis. “You had rock and roll and punk, you had people and bluegrass, you had the start of the go-go scene, and also you had an important R&B and funk scene. It simply had one thing for everybody.” Together with, apparently, Jimmy Carter. On this image, the President had simply hosted a jazz pageant on the White Home garden. Blown away by pianist Cecil Taylor, Carter giddily raced as much as him after the live performance.



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Joni Mitchel
1979

 

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Root Boy Slim
1979

 

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Film Extras From Hair
1978 | Nationwide Mall

When producers for the film Hair wanted to corral an enormous crowd for a protest scene within the movie, they contrived a plan that may draw hundreds of individuals to the Mall: They threw a free live performance with Bonnie Raitt. Pictured are two extras who took benefit of the chance.



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Tex Rubinowitz
1978

 

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Willie Nelson
1979 | School Park Vacation Inn

“There’s this sort of mundane tedium to the lifetime of a musician,” says Davis. “Even for the very profitable ones, they usually wait all day on a bus or in a lodge, in all these drab environment, earlier than lastly attending to take the stage at evening.” Certainly, when a Unicorn Occasions author requested Willie Nels on how fame had modified his life, Nelson responded, “I’ve had a band because the early ’60s, and we’ve been staying at Vacation Inns world wide. This room seems to be similar to the one I had 15 years in the past.”

 

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City Verbs on the East Wing
1979

 

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Danny Gatton
1978

 

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Leonard Nimoy
1979

Pictures courtesy of Don Hamerman assortment of performing arts pictures, Particular Collections in Performing Arts, College of Maryland Libraries.
This text seems within the November 2022 difficulty of Washingtonian.

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