On Monday, January 29, the Secret Cinema's Jay Schwartz will be guest D.J. at Johnny Brenda's bar/restaurant (downstairs).
Jay will present a music mix called I BELONGED TO THE BLANK GENERATION: HARD HITS AND DEEP CUTS FROM THE ORIGINAL PUNK/NEW WAVE ERA, 1976-1979.
The event runs from 8:00 pm through Midnight, and admission is free.
While Schwartz is best known (for the last 26 years) for helming the Secret Cinema film series, his involvement in local nightlife goes back a bit earlier. When Philadelphia's first new wave nightclub, the Hot Club, started in 1977, Schwartz covered its opening night as local correspondent for the important music paper New York Rocker. He also contributed writing and photography to other local and national publications for the next several years, and in 1979 was hired as the Hot Club's publicist. Schwartz continued this work later at such fabled nightspots as the original (Kensington) Starlite Ballroom, the East Side Club and Filly's Saloon.
In addition to rock journalism, photography and publicity work, Schwartz also managed to capture the first video footage of Philly's new wave music scene — still embryonic in 1978 — for a Temple University student project. The resulting short documentary, PHILADELPHIA SEEN, includes very early footage of the band X, legendary d.j. Lee Paris, local punks the Jags, and nightclub impresario David Carroll. The original tapes were recently preserved by the University of Southern California's film archive (expect a screening soon!).
The Starlite Ballroom was also where Jay first worked as a club disk jockey, and parts of his growing record collection were shared at several other places in the ensuing years. However, January's night at Johnny Brenda's will be Jay's first d.j. job since the 2007 closing of Rick D's Tritone nightclub, where he had spun at many different thematic events.
Schwartz had a front row seat to a musical revolution, and that will set the theme of I BELONGED TO THE BLANK GENERATION… All of the music (most of it played using first pressing vinyl issues) will come from the crucial first years of punk and new wave. Iconic artists like Television, Richard Hell, Blondie and the Ramones will be heard, but the night will also find room for more obscure records and forgotten local bands.
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I Belonged To The Blank Generation, punk and new wave from '76 thru '79 with DJ Jay Schwartz, 8p-12a at Johnny Brenda's Downstairs