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Monday, August 06, 2007

Police Riot Concert

This was an event that really caught me by surprise - no one I met was aware that it was to be held, apart from the many music fans. The annual Police Riot concert is typically held in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village - this year the concert was rescheduled for Washington Square. The concert, which featured Leftöver Crack (a group that has been been banned from several NYC venues), commemorated the 19th anniversary of the police riots of August 6-7, 1988 in Tompkins Square Park. The park at that time had essentially been taken over by drug dealers, skinheads and squatting homeless. The riot, which occurred on the day of a rally, protesting a recently enacted curfew, was seen as largely police incited as a result of mishandling on their part. Many complaints of police brutality were made along with public condemnations (such as in the New York Times) against the Police department and the commissioner Benjamin Ward. In addition to Leftöver Crack, groups performing were: False Prophets, World Inferno Friendship Society, Planned Collapse and Witch Hunt. There were guest speakers such as Norman Siegel (former ACLU director). Event appropriate books and zines were being sold. The concert was essentially punk rock, however more specifically there were elements of ska, hardcore, crust punk, and metal. The music was LOUD of course and spontaneous moshing occurred with stage diving. This event was a superb photo opportunity - the mohawks, hair colors, clothing, piercings, mosh pits and stage diving made great subjects in a perfect clear day's afternoon light. Click here for a short video of the concert. Click here for a photo set of the concert...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get your facts right.

The show was not organized by Leftover Crack. It was friends of theirs/supporters of the cause.

Thought Crime and Rabia did not play.

Learn 2 jouranlize d00d.

Sally said...

Yep, absolutely made for photoblogging!

Anonymous said...

S W E E E E E T T T!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
Its the girl with the orange hair and the caution/radio active chest! :)
Those pictures look amazing i cant wait for all of them!
:)

Gail's Man said...

Great collection of photos. A Brilliant way of displaying them. Wish I could do it!

konstantin said...

i took some photos as well, mostly of the world/inferno friendship society and leftover crack. here's the link: http://flickr.com/photos/violentgrind/sets/72157601266025927/

don said...

great shots. Like the collage. Have you got inspired by the different kind of hair dressing??? :) :)

Brian said...

anon - Thanks, I corrected the posting.
gail's man - These collages take a lot of time!
don - Thanks. The hair colors wee nice, but I'm not going for it:)

Anonymous said...

Hey "girl with the orange hair and the caution/radio active chest" is this your second piece of blogger fame? - you look similar to "Berzerk-Beating Bikini Babe at Brooklyn’s Barcade" - http://dethroner.com/2007/01/30/afternoon-tonic-berzerk-beating-bikini-babe-at-brooklyns-barcade/

SCS said...

Depois das férias que acabei de viver, vejo o teu photoblog com outros olhos,
não sei - mais realistas, talvez.

Bom voltar ao teu link,
à vida pelos teus olhos,
por esses geniais enquadramentos.

Sempre um prazer,
Vira Vento.

Anonymous said...

haha im in the top right. i didnt even know you were takin them nice work

Anonymous said...

i'm the chick in the black with the black mohawk....

www.myspace.com/selfmadecatastrophe

kurt said...

really great combination of shots. very nice.

poketa said...

hehe im the girl with her thumbs up next to my friend with the caution tape breasts. that show wasnt all that good. I missed the actual bands i wanted to see which were apple and p.c i got there intime for witchhunt.

the after "party" was better in tompkins.

Steffe said...

A really good collage of photos.