I finally was able to locate Allen Tannenbaum’s New York in the 70s in Bobst (it turns out oversized F is in the northeast corner of the 7th floor) and it was worth the wait. It’s oversized, it’s fun and it’s full of big oversized photos by the former Soho Weekly News photographer. As a friend at work said, “It’s just a big excuse to publish a whole bunch of pictures of celebrities.” And that is true to an extent. There might be a few too many pictures of Mick and Bianca Jagger, but there is also some great photojournalism: a demonstrator in a crowd holds up the iconic Daily News headline, “Ford to City; Drop Dead”, a grade school kid from the Lower East Side jumps from a makeshift platform onto a pile of mattresses surrounded by the broken windows of abandoned tenements, the first gay pride parade heading uptown on sixth avenue. In addition there are some excellent short essays that touch on some of the more salient political and cultural events of the decade. See some galleries here:
http://www.sohoblues.com/soho_blues.html (The galleries are in the Soho Blues box)
And while I was looking for links to the galleries I happened to run across Yoko Ono’s website.
Tannenbaum photographed the famous shoot for Lennon’s last record. It’s not really that relevant other than it shows you’re never too old to be digitally together. It’s so clean I thought it was an Apple product page for a while