Hank O’Neal

Photo: Allen Ginsberg, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, December 1981. c. Hank O’Neal

We’ve added some more photos to the “Photography section of the Allen Ginsberg.org website [2017 update -since this posting, the web-site has been extensively reorganized] among them a handful by photographer Hank O’Neal, who took this classic photo of Ginsberg with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash. Hank worked with Allen and John Hammond Sr on his “First Blues” album back in 1983. He’d worked with Berenice Abbott for almost a dozen years, and, soon after meeting Allen, introduced him to Abbot, just at the time when Allen was re-discovering his craft of photography. Visit O’Neal’s site for more info.

Also definitely check out Reality Studio’s 2006 interview with O’Neal, conducted just before the publication of Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade 1974-1983 a book documenting the early days of the NYC gay parade when he lived on Christopher Street. Allen meticulously notated these photos and they’ve reproduced this in the book. Unfortunately the book got very little push, and went out-of-print almost as soon as it hit the stores! – definitely worth tracking down a copy!

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