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Bettie Visits CBGB A Miller & Ringma Collaboration

Bettie Ringma with Patti Smith
Patti Smith
Bettie Ringma with Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone
Debbie Harry and Bettie Ringma
Debbie Harry
Richard Hell & The Voidoids with Bettie Ringma
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Bettie Ringma and The Ramones
The Ramones
The Dead Boys with Bettie Ringma
The Dead Boys
Bettie Ringma with David Byrne
David Byrne
The Talking Heads and Bettie Ringma
The Talking Heads
Bettie Ringma with The Dictators
The Dictators
Legs McNeil licking Bettie Ringma
Legs McNeil
David & Marc Bell (Marky Ramone) with Bettie Ringma
David & Marc Bell (Marky Ramone)
Bettie Ringma with Nancy Spungen & Sable Starr
Nancy Spungen & Sable Starr
Bettie Ringma with John Cale
John Cale
Captain Sensible of The Damned giving the middle finger in front of Bettie Ringma
Captain Sensible of The Damned
Bettie Ringma with Jay Dee Dougherty & Lenny Kaye
Jay Dee Dougherty & Lenny Kaye
Bettie Ringma with Diego Cortez & Anya Philips
Diego Cortez & Anya Philips
Bettie Ringma with Suicide
The Erasers and Bettie Ringma
The Erasers

Our first photograph of Bettie with the movers and shakers at CBGB was taken during our very first visit to the club in late 1976. Standing alone by the bar was one of Bettie's favorite performers, the poet-rocker Patti Smith. At home at CBGB and a wee bit tipsy, Patti was more than happy to oblige our request for a picture with Bettie. Soon we were CBGB regulars, checking out the different bands and slowly adding to our collection of pictures. Although the buzz about CBGB was growing, the place was still a neighborhood bar where future rock legends were just as likely to be hanging out and drinking by the pinball machine as performing on stage. In addition to the musicians, there were music writers, fashion designers, commercial photographers, as well as a small group of artists like us who were part of the Soho and Tribeca art scene. As our "Paparazzi Self-Portraits" morphed into "Bettie Visits CBGB," we saw our photographs as a reflection of the new aesthetic emerging at CBGB, a contradictory mix of high and low culture energized by fun and humor, the lure of fame and fortune, and a cynical appreciation of the power of a good hype.