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Retro Photographs That Define Old-School Cool

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So Bad So GoodA suave Harrison Ford in 1980.

There’s cool and then there’s old-school cool. Our favorite pop culture icons are often celebrated for their creativity and contributions to their arts. But sometimes, we forget to appreciate them for being simply themselves. These photographs serve to remind us that these “cool kids” are effortlessly chic regardless of what they’re doing — whether they’re relaxing in their car or hanging out at home.

Ladies and gentlemen, take note. View more photos at So Bad So Good.

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So Bad So GoodBlondie’s Debbie Harry, New York City, 1977.

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So Bad So GoodThe Beatles before they were famous.

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27 Raw Images Of When Punk Ruled New York

In the mid-1970s, a new incarnation of rock emerged in juxtaposition to the opulent and carnival-like music that had dominated the decade so far. It was punk rock, a music fast on pace and low on instrumentation with an anti-authoritarian ethos at its core.

Punk’s geographical center could be found in New York City neighborhoods like the Lower East Side and the Bowery, which white flight and deindustrialization had left for dead. While today high-end shopping and dining eat away at whatever remains of punk’s memory in those neighborhoods, we look back at the early days when punk emerged from the depths of 1970s and 1980s New York City:

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Ramones At CBGB 1977

Wikimedia CommonsAt center stage of the burgeoning punk movement was the Ramones, a New York band that is cited as the first group to embody the punk sound. Formed in 1974, the Ramones sought a return to a simpler form of rock, one that stood in contrast to the era's heavily-produced arena rock.

Ramones CBGB

David GodlisThe Ramones were known for their minimal fashion, manic tempo, and loud, straightforward sound. As described by the Trouser Press, "New York's Ramones blasted open the clogged arteries of mid-'70s rock, reanimating the music. Their genius was to recapture the short/simple aesthetic from which pop had strayed, adding a caustic sense of trash-culture humor and minimalist rhythm guitar sound."

Patti Smith

Allan Tannenbaum / ArtnetIn the early 1970s, strands of punk music sprang out of Mercer Arts Center members. Patti Smith, a highly regarded poet and feminist that came from the Mercers Art Center, recorded the single "Hey Joe"/"Piss Factory" in 1975, one of the first recognizable punk songs.

Patti Smith Portrait

New York Public LibraryPatti Smith, like other early punk artists, fused together different types of music into her own version of punk, including jazz, spoken word, and garage rock. As with other artists, Smith's used her music to reject prevailing norms and power structures.

The Bowery

Leland Bobbé / PhotographerThe Bowery was home to some of the worst poverty and crime in New York. Its destitution and underuse made it ripe for creative and social use. In the coming years, the neighborhood emerged as the heart of New York's punk scene.

Hilly Crystal

David GodlisIn 1973, Hilly Crystal opened CBGB in the Bowery. In the above, he poses for a photograph outside of the club before a show.

Outside Of Cbgb 1977

New York Historical SocietyOriginally called CBGB & OMFUG (standing for "Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers"), the club became the iconic venue for punk and new wave across the globe.

Mudd Club

Allan Tannenbaum / Getty ImagesAnother staple of the nascent punk culture was the Mudd Club, a TriBeCa venue opened in 1978. In the photo above, the lead singer of a band lifts a papier-mâché bomb over his head during a November 1978 performance.


David GodlisPunk music initially enjoyed much critical acclaim but little popular success, as punk bands often self-recorded and self-distributed their albums. Terry Ork, a former Warholite, launched Ork Records, which would release seminal albums like Television's Little Johnny Jewel and Richard Hell's Blank Generation. In the photo above, the founders of Ork Records, Terry Ork and Charles Ball, hang out on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side.


Allan Tannenbaum / ArtnetIggy Pop, who was at the time launching a solo career after the disbanding of The Stooges, became a fixture of the developing punk scene that would strongly influence his performance style in the subsequent decades.

Punks In East Village

The New York Historical SocietyA couple enjoys an East Village stoop during the summer of 1985.

Punk Sex Fence

Allan Tannenbaum / Getty ImagesCBGB attracted an array of visitors, reflecting the range of acts that frequented the venue. In the image above, a couple hangs out behind CBGB following a show in May 1978.


Waring Abbott / Getty ImagesWendy Williams and Richie Stotts of the Plasmatics perform at the FunHouse in October 1980. The group became known for raucous live shows, leading to Williams' 1981 arrest in Milwaukee for simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer during a concert.

CBGB Bathroom Picture

Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most celebrated aspects of CBGB was its notorious bathrooms that featured decades of accumulated graffiti. Described by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne as "legendarily nasty," the Metropolitan Museum of Art recreated the bathroom as the centerpiece of an exhibit on punk culture in 2013.

Debbie Harry Blondie

Wikimedia CommonsAfter the first wave of artists in the mid-1970s, at the end of the decade punk diversified into new distinct sub-genres. New Wave stood at one end of the spectrum, where groups like Blondie used a wider range of instruments and had a more pop-friendly sound.

Black Flag 1983

Erica Echenberg / Getty ImagesHardcore punk — pioneered by bands like Black Flag and the Dead Kennedy's — stood on the other end. They played in a faster and more aggressive style than their predecessors.

Black Flag Concert

Frank Mullen / Getty ImagesPerforming in 1985 in New York, Black Flag gained renown for the raw energy of lead singer, Henry Rollins, displayed.

Robert Patti

Allan Tannenbaum / ArtnetArtists and musicians were pulled into the orbit of the burgeoning punk scene. Robert Mapplethorpe, an accomplished photographer, was a scene regular and the subject of Patti Smith's acclaimed 2010 memoir, Just Kids.

Trash And Vaudville

Viviane Moos Holbrooke / Getty Images St. Mark's Place in the East Village became a hub for punk rock culture, with Trash and Vaudeville as the premier destination for punk fashion. Founded in 1975, the store outfitted such acts as the Ramones and Debbie Harry.

East Village Punk

New York Public LibraryA woman in punk attire enjoys a beverage on St. Mark's in the summer of 1985.

Punks On A Stoop In NYC

Steve McCurry / Magnum PhotosA group of friends hangs out in the Lower East Side in 1984.

Punk Fashion Show

Ron Galella / Getty ImagesPunk's increased visibility in the streets of New York engendered a certain fetishization among high culture and fashion circles. Above, people attend the Punk Fashion Show in July 1980 at the Ritz Hotel.


Allan Tannenbaum / ArtnetChrissie Hynde was another New York punk scene staple during its nascent years. She would be a founding member of and the singer for The Pretenders for over three decades.

Punk At CBGB

Ebet Roberts / Getty ImagesWhile punk culture became associated with a distinct style in popular culture, its emergent aesthetic was diverse and diffuse. At an October 1977 Richard Hell show at CBGB, a fan sports a Christmas sweater matched with duct taped jeans.

Dead Kennedys

John P. Kelly / Getty ImagesPunk shows became infamous for the immersive give and take between performers and audience. In the photo above, Dead Kennedy's lead singer Jello Biafra jumps into the crowd during a 1980 show.

Jumping Into The Crowd

Eli Reed/Magnum PhotosAn audience member jumps into the crowd during a 1986 show at the Ritz.

CBGB Closed

WikimediaLike many commercial landmarks in New York, CBGB succumbed to the pressures of gentrification and rising rents. In 2006 it closed due to rent hikes. On October 15, 2006, Patti Smith and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave the final performance.

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If you enjoyed this look at the punk era of New York, check out our other galleries on 1970s New York City and photos of when the New York subway was the most dangerous place on earth.

Explore The North Pole With These 21 Fascinating Arctic Animals

The Arctic is a mysterious world of ice and snow, much of it still seldom explored and thus home to creatures that remain relatively enigmatic. It may seem like not much can survive in these freezing temperatures, but life is abundant.

Here are 21 of the most incredible Arctic animals you’ll ever see, with one fascinating fact for each:

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Arctic Animals Walrus

MALTE CHRISTIANS/AFP/Getty ImagesThe walrus uses its whiskers to detect shellfish, like clams, all the way down the ocean floor. It can eat up to 4,000 clams in one sitting.

Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale

Kazuhio Nogi/AFP/Getty ImagesBeluga whales use complex musical calls to communicate underwater, earning them the nickname the "canary of the sea."

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox Sitting

Eric Kilby/FlickrArctic foxes must penetrate layers of snow to find food, diving headfirst into the snow to burrow for prey.

Harp Seal

Harp Seal

David Boily/AFP/Getty ImagesA mother harp seal can distinguish her pup from hundreds of others based on smell alone.

Polar Bear

Polar Bear Walking

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty ImagesThough polar bears appear to be white, their fur is actually pigment-free and transparent. Its hollow core merely reflects the largely white light around them. Underneath their fur, their skin is black.

Canada Lynx

Canada Lynx Walking

Wikimedia CommonsAlthough these expert hunters, about twice the size of a house cat, subsist almost exclusively on one type of prey (the snowshoe hare), they can take down prey as large as a young reindeer.

Snowshoe Hare

Snowshoe Hare

Wikimedia Commons This rabbit's large hind feet work like snowshoes, preventing it from sinking into deep snow.


Caribou In Snow

JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty ImagesUnlike all other kinds of deer, both male and female reindeer grow antlers.

Sea Otter

Sea Otter In Water

David McNew/Getty ImagesTo counteract heat loss caused by its cold water environment, sea otters have to eat as much as a third of their own body weight in food each day.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Karen Bleier/AFP/GettyImagesAlthough this creature's scientific name (Ursus horribilis) literally means "terrifying bear," it isn't quite the killer you might expect. In fact, some estimates say that as much as 80-90 percent of its diet is made up not of meat, but plants, fruits, nuts, and roots.

Dall Sheep

Dall Sheep

Wikimedia Commons The male dall sheep's incredible horns, made of the same material as your fingernails, take as long as eight years to reach their full length of two-and-a-half feet.

Arctic Orca

Arctic Orca

Wikimedia Commons Killer whales are incredibly social animals, often working together to catch a meal. They've been recorded creating huge waves in the Arctic Ocean in order to knock seals off ice floes and into the water where they can be eaten.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle In Flight

David McNew/Getty ImagesWhen diving down through the air and toward the water for prey, these powerful creatures can travel at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.



Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesPuffins make amazing partners: They lay one egg per year with the same mate and take turns with domestic duties, like incubating the egg.


Muskox Group

US Fish and Wildlife Service/Getty ImagesIf a muskox calf is threatened by a predator such as a wolf, the herd will form a circle around the calf in defense. Sometimes mature muskoxen will even scoop up an approaching wolf with its horns and throw it to the ground.

Snowy Owl

Snow Owl

Wikimedia Commons Unlike most other owls, the snowy owl is diurnal, meaning it hunts during both night and day.



Wikimedia Commons Although a moose's enormous antlers can weigh as much as 40 pounds, these hefty adornments are not at all permanent. Instead, a moose will shed its antlers and grow them anew as often as once per year.

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern Soaring

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesEvery year, the Arctic tern migrates from the Arctic to the Antarctica. That's a 25,000 mile trip — one way.

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

Day Donaldson/FlickrUnlike many other species of whales, the bowhead whale does not migrate to warmer waters in the winter, but rather stays in Arctic waters all year round. They're able to do so largely because of their 20-inch layer of blubber, the thickest of any animal on Earth.


Narwhals Ice

Nat Geo Wild/YouTubeThe narwhal's distinctive tusk is actually an elongated tooth that can reach lengths of ten feet and is packed with millions of nerve endings. When two narwhals rub their tusks together, scientists now hypothesize they're communicating important information about the waters each have traveled through.



Wikimedia Commons These small yet surprisingly fearsome carnivores are both intimidating hunters (with reported takedowns of far lager animals including caribou and elk) and relentless scavengers that can smell an animal carcass buried under as much as 20 feet of snow.

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Welcome To Kumbh Mela, The Largest Human Gathering On Earth

Kumbh Mela Muddy Painted Men

Daniel Berehulak/Getty ImagesNaga Sadhus, naked Hindu holy men, walk in procession after having bathed on the banks of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela on February 10, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

LEGEND HOLDS THAT KUMBH MELA originated in an ancient battle between gods and demons for the elixir of immortality. And even today, Kumbh Mela absolutely lives up to those larger-than-life origins.

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