Finally, photographer Allan Tannenbaum is releasing a new book of photographs: New York in the 70s, that will transport you back to NYC as it was in the ’70s. Sex, drugs, street gangs, disco divas, politicians, homeless, celebrities, musicians, hookers, and literally every other thing (and person) that went down during the decade are amongst the images included. It’s nearly impossible to narrow down just a few from the book, but consider this a preview (minus all the sex club, disco orgy, x-rated shots). The book is out April 2nd, and the preface is written by Yoko Ono, with a foreword by P.J. O’Rourke.

New York in the 70s is a personal collection of photographs documenting an exciting chapter in New York’s history-and a remarkable body of work produced by photographer Allan Tannenbaum while he was a photo editor of the SoHo Weekly News in Manhattan. The photographs encompass many aspects of New York life while capturing the heady exuberance of the era-from SoHo and the art world to the city’s politics and society. By photographing everything from street gangs to disco divas, from homeless to Hollywood stars, Tannenbaum had assembled a personal diary of his journey as a photojournalist and raconteur through a strange and exotic era of New York life.

New York in the 70s by Allen Tannenbaum Joan Baez at the War is Over Rally in Central Park, May 1975. Grace Slick and The Jefferson Starship perform in Central Park. Jimmy Carter Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan and Warren Beatty at the 1976 Democratic Convention. Marijuana Smoke-In and March from Central Park to Washington Square. Man in Richard Nixon mask smokes a joint after taking his pants off. Terence Galagher tends the Bellevue Hospital Mortuary. The "body" of King Kong lies in the WTC plaza after falling from the top of the building. A member of the Chingalings Motorcycle Club pushes another biker at the entrance to their rent-free city-owned clubhouse in the South Bronx.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the filming of a video to promote their new album, "Double Fantasy", New York City, November 26, 1980. Sid Vicious in a body bag. Truman Capote at the bar with a friend at Studio 54 in 1977. Long-abandoned Pier 48 being used by gay men as a rendezvous for casual sex. Country music star Dolly Parton hugs rock star Mick Jagger backstage after her Bottom Line concert. 5/14/77. Times Square Hooker waiting on the street. Blondie cooking at home. A boy jumps off a jungle gym on to a mattress in a vacant lot in the Lower East Side.
The boxer Snooks at Gleason's Gym reads about Nixon and Watergate. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis campaigning for Ted Kennedy in Astoria, Queens (February 2nd, 1980). Stripper Candy Love is arrested for going topless in front of City Hall in a one-person protest. Antidraft demonstrators holding a sit-in at the General Post Office do not deter a man in shorts from sending his post. Residents of Chinatown celebrate the year of the Tiger with a dragon and fireworks. Transit Authority K-9 Police use German Shepherds on the subway to deter crime.

Allan Tannenbaum covered New York City for the SoHo Weekly News in the 1970s and early 1980s. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with work published in such major international magazines as Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, and Stern. His photographs have also appeared in numerous books and exhibitions, including Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan. He lives in New York City.

“Tannenbaum’s photographs of the 1970s are as wildly entertaining and energetic as that wonderful and bizarre decade itself. The form and important visual history of a moment when American culture changed forever.” -David Schonauer, Editor-in-Chief, American Photo

” A valuable, lasting remembrance of things past.”-Ron Rosenbaum

New York in The 70's by Allen Tannenbaum