Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Pho­to­graphs Of Dave Treat

Dave Treat

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Sleaze­grinder

Un­earthed old pho­tos show a leg­endary band pre-fame. Back in 1977, when Cleve­land’s leg­endary snot-punks the Dead Boys were still shak­ing off their glammy Dolls rip-off roots, then-fledgling art stu­dent Dave Treat agreed to shoot promo pho­tos for the band amid the rust and de­cay of Cleve­land’s eco­nom­i­cally strapped mean streets. Only one photo from that ses­sion, shot in grainy black and white, ac­tu­ally made pub­li­ca­tion. The rest re­mained un­seen. Un­til now.

Also in­clud­ing a smat­ter­ing of live shots from the same era, this re­mark­able book shows this now leg­endary band at the cusp of in­famy. The ripped clothes and fresh flesh wounds of their CBGB days had yet to kick in, but you can see it all star­ing at you through Treat’s lo-fi, mono­chrome lens, the dystopian fu­ture of punk rock slum­ming it in the Mid­west, ready to throt­tle the world. Kinda amaz­ing what 40 years can do for a shoe­box full of dusty old pho­to­graphs.

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