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The Dead Kennedys perform in Boston in 1981.

June 16, 2023

Days (and nights) of Punk: Michael Grecco’s photos show Boston’s ’70s and ’80s punk scene - wgbh

“Boston went from being sort of a hippie, free love, granola folk rock kind of town to the emergence of Reagan, Reaganomics,” photographer Michael Grecco told GBH’s Morning Edition co-host Jeremy Siegel. “There was sort of a feeling of impending dread in a lot of society. And I think that this punk scene, it was a total rebellion.”

Grecco, who worked for the Associated Press at the Massachusetts State House during the day, would ditch his khakis and button-up shirts at night for tight jeans, ripped-up T-shirts and leather jackets. He’d grab his camera and go to see a show.

Now his photos, some of which have never been seen before, are on display at the Anderson Yezerski Gallery in the South End as part of an exhibit called Days of Punk.