Ali Smith’s 90s New York punk scene – photo essay on TheGuardian.com includes some great live shots on The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and a photo of Cristina Martinez.
“Verta-Ray’s apartment on Ridge Street is where he built the studio that launched the torrid career of my band, Speedball Baby. Passing through were James Chance, Kid Congo Powers, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Eugene Hütz, Mick Collins and acres of others whose raison d’être was to create, create, create. No permission asked, nor granted. The clean, controlling, corporate world stayed far away from downtown’s gritty streets.”