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Inside Boston’s punk scene of the ’70s and ’80s

June 13, 2023

Inside Boston’s punk scene of the ’70s and ’80s - bostonglobe

“The radio at the time was so bad, so commercial and manufactured,” Grecco recalls. “I walked into The Rat that night and I was, like, ‘Holy crap, this is wild.’”

Punk rock was just becoming a thing and many of the acts that would define the era — bands like Buzzcocks, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Clash, and the Ramones — had started showing up in Boston, playing sweaty sets at clubs like the Rat, the Channel, and the Underground.

Bewitched by the music and the maelstrom, Grecco went to many of those shows and, luckily for us, brought along his Canon F1 camera to document the delirium. Friday, some of his photos — and a few frantic videos he also shot — will be on display at the Anderson Yezerski Gallery in an exhibition dubbed “Days of Punk.” (The exhibition will also include a soundscape specially created by Roger Miller and Peter Prescott of Boston post-punk pioneers Mission of Burma.)