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Unseen Images Of The 70s Music Scene Shot By A Brooklyn Teen Go On Display

The New York nightlife of the 70s wasn’t wasted on Ed Rosenbaum, music fan, amateur photographer and now inadvertent artist behind the book and exhibition Golden Years – raw rock 'n' roll reportage at its finest.

Aged 17 in 1977, Brooklyn native Rosenbaum would attend gigs around the city armed with a Pentax manual camera, gifted to him by his brother-in-law, shooting his shutter from the mosh pit.

The resulting images document a rich chapter in cultural history, featuring stars like David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Stones, Blondie, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and The Pretenders.

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David Bowie at the Madison Square Garden, 1978. (© 2016 Ed Rosenbaum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York)

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Freddie Mercury at the Madison Square Garden, 1977. (© 2016 Ed Rosenbaum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York)

The venues captured by Rosenbaum are worthy subjects in their own right; The Palladium, CBGB, and Madison Square Garden – institutions that are so iconic they cast a shadow over even the most illustrious artist.

It’s a testament to Rosenbaum’s self-taught skill that their sharp and visceral grain emerges today still charged with power, each holding a personal passion you just wouldn’t get with a backstage pass.

The collection will be displayed as an exhibition, Golden Years, at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, on show until November 13th , in line with the release of a 56-page clothbound book published by Esopus.

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Lou Reed at the Capitol Theater, 1978. (© 2016 Ed Rosenbaum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York)

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Peter Gabriel at the Palladium, 1978. (© 2016 Ed Rosenbaum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York)

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Blue Oyster Cult at the Palladium, 1979. (© 2016 Ed Rosenbaum / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York)

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