New York: Wayne County Defense Fund, 1976. Original poster advertising “The Fantabulous New York Rock Party,” held at the Manhattan Center in New York on May 30, 1976.
An ironic moment in New York punk and art scene history, some of the earliest evidence that the movement created to mock celebrity status was beginning to see itself in terms of celebrity. Also interesting here is evidence of early sub-divisions of punk mainstays (e.g., Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones, Jerry Nolan, Walter Lure, and Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls), the presence of by-then-established Factory luminaries of the late 1960s (Holly Woodlawn), professional groupies (Sable Starr), and trans-gender representatives (Divine and the cast of "Women Behind Bars," Wayne County and the Back Street Boys). Mention is also made of door prizes consisting of memorabilia signed by a number of punk antecedents, including David Bowie, Aerosmith, and Kiss.
A benefit organized to benefit Wayne County’s Defense Fund, and we're not talking about Wayne County, Michigan, but an inter-punk legal situation. At a performance in March 1976 at a Wayne County performance at CBGBs, "Handsome Dick" Manatoba of the Dictators was throwing homophobic taunts at transgender punkster Wayne County and County responded in kind by hitting Manitoba with a mike stand and breaking his collar bone. The case was eventually thrown out of court, and the rift between the New York punk scene and the Dictators became a chasm.
17.5 x 22 inches, rolled. Near Fine, with some creasing to the top corners and edges, and a single short closed tear.