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Talking Heads

Nostalgia for the early-eighties downtown scene just keeps booming, thanks to the scads of backward-looking bands that are hitting the mainstream. This week, take a look back.

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  1. 1. “Rip It Up and Start Again”

    February 28 at Mo Pitkin’s, 34 Ave. A, nr. 2nd St.; 212-777-5660, $8

    An excellent panel including music author Simon Reynolds (whose book gives the evening its name), no-wave pioneer James Chance (of the Contortions), and Steven Daly (drummer for the influential band Orange Juice) discusses the musical and artistic synergy of the punk and post-punk eras.

  2. 2. Marvin J. Taylor and Lynn Gumpert

    February 23 at Makor, 35 W. 67th St., nr. Central Park W.; 212-601-1000, $16

    In The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974–1984, Taylor and Gumpert chronicle one of the great eras in the city’s art history.


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