PUNK YEARS, 1976-79
Every time Bettie Ringma and I headed north on Bowery towards the East Village, we passed a grungy bar that clearly had the feel of a happening scene. Curiosity pulled us into CBGB in 1976, and for the next three years the club was our regular haunt. More than just a music revolution, punk also affected the visual arts, fashion and design. We were an art group, first billed as Miller & Ringma and then as Miller Ringma & Hoppe when Curt joined our collaboration. In 1978 we organized the world’s first "Punk Art" exhibition in Washington DC.