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Welcome to Punk Pioneers Podcast and Photos

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Hi! I’m Jenny Lens, the most published early west coast punk photographer, 1976-80.

Hear True Tall Tales and See Rare and Classic Photos!

Exclusive audio, photos and video of Blondie, Clash, Germs, Go-Go’s, Joan Jett, the Masque, Ramones, Screamers, X and more!

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One of 10 Influential Rock Photographers, Adorama Camera

“Jenny Lens was not just one of the few photographers chronicling the early punk scene in both North America and London, she was also one of the few women working in a very male-dominated field.

Her life is pretty fascinating and made up of the three acts usually associated with characters in movies and novels.” Read more @ Adorama Camera.

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The Ramones: Their First West Coast Tours

Hear behind the scenes stories behind published photos (famous and rarely seen). The images above were used, sadly, for their obits.

Shepard Fairey used my images for his iconic Dee Dee Ramone poster. Hear how I took these photos!

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Please investigate PUNK PIONEERS by photographer Jenny Lens, who captured the scene so perfectly.” — Henry Rollins, LA Weekly.

Joan Jett (still in Runaways), Exene and John Doe (months before X ever played!), Rand McNally (before he co-founded Dangerhouse Records) and Pleasant Gehman (before she created Lobotomy fanzine — first issue used my Mumps photo on cover. I was only photographer listed in masthead. I have it as proof, no matter what you might read or hear elsewhere!).

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Seminal punk photographer Jenny Lens was rarely celebrated, but responsible for many of the Hollywood scene’s most iconic and honest images.”
Urb magazine, July/August 2006

I shot THE classic photos: Ramones, Joan Jett/Runaways, X, Darby Crash, Germs, Screamers, the Masque, Clash, Sex Pistols, Damned and more.

IF you are an early punk fan, you’ve seen my photos. Often without my name. Fanzines, magazines, books, doc, merch (usually bootlegged).

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April 9-18, 1977: The Week in LA that Changed Punk Forever (Video)
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Punk: LA, New York, England and the World
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The was a time when Punk Rock was dangerous, man — in a cerebral way. And Jenny Lens was there to record it all.”
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The infamous Jenny Lens, supreme master of the punk rock photo.”
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I KNEW and hung out with everyone in this and most photos. Private parties and spontaneous gatherings. In the eye of the storm. Ground Zero.

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Jenny Lens In Action

I’ve always been camera shy, but so glad there’s a few images of myself! I painted my face as if I were Fauve (“Wild Beast”) Matisse on acid.

I made most of my jewelry and some of my clothes. Hollywood punks were a rough crowd. Amazing I got out alive! Gotta be made of strong stuff to survive. But it takes money and time and energy.

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Center image: Robbie “Posh Boy” Fields, founder of Posh Boy Records and I were making out at a Screamers party, January 20, 1978. Melanie Nissen took this photo. We were making out in the closet! Oh that was a wild party.

KK Barrett (drummer for Screamers and later nominated for an Oscar) and others were throwing spaghetti in the kitchen. And Moshe Brakha models were there … that was the night I met his manager. Then we had an affair.

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I shot Divine at Fiorucci’s, Beverly Hills, June 1978. I fried my dark, naturally curly hair while bleaching it to turn it magenta, using Crazy Color hair dye from England. LOL! I never bleached my hair and was clueless. But that never stopped me!

The more I think about these times, the more I remember … images come to life in front of my eyes, many in my mind. So vivid. As if it were last night.

I’ve never told most of the stories nor in detail like you’ll hear.

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It’s only rock n roll but we love it, right