Ballistic Kisses 1980 from The Local East Village on Vimeo.


Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers are keepers of the flame. In heart and in head and on video they hold the spirit of a New York that is fast becoming history. These two women documented a time of artistic energy in the downtown community with an insiders perspective. Their website, gonightclubbing is a treasure trove of the best and brightest music that was being made in and around the city’s art scene in the 1970s and early 80s.

Pat and Emily were in the thick of things living the Big Apple and discovering brand new video technology as the artistic energy shifted from the hippy culture of the 60s to punk and the movements that followed. Armed with killer cultural taste and new light weight video cameras from the earliest days of public cable access programs they captured it all. Within their archives you will find rare early performances from bands that became household names and ones that may have been overlooked by all but the most devoted music fans but that will make you wonder where they have been all your life for the sheer joy of it.

We who love the power that reaches us from the artist of that era owe these women a debt for their dedication. If you are such a person, do yourself a favor, put this one in your book marks, it will never get old.