In January, the New York Dolls arrived in Hawaii to record their new album, “‘Cause I Sez So” (Atco), with producer Todd Rundgren. The producer, who has a setup on the island of Kauai, assured the band that the weather would be beautiful.
“It rained every day,” said guitarist and singer David Johansen in Atlanta’s Center Stage theater Friday, where the band was scheduled to play later that day.
“It rained just enough to disrupt our recording plans,” added guitarist Steve Conte. “Todd has this house with one wall open to the elements, and I said, ‘What happens when it rains, Todd?’ and he said, ‘It never rains here.’ Well, the next day, all our gear got soaked, so we had to move to another house.”
“Toecutter! Oh, my God, I have Toecutter!”
JJ Gonson is sifting through piles of photo negatives when she comes across the stash of long-forgotten shots of a long-forgotten Boston band. Ecstatic at her discovery, she grabs a magnifying lens and peers in to get a closer look. “And they’re sitting in a pile of Old Milwaukee cans!”
Leading up to “R&R B/W,” her new exhibit at Zuzu of mostly unpublished photographs documenting Boston’s punk and hardcore scenes in the mid- to late-1980s, Gonson had been digging for precisely these kinds of time-capsule treasures. They’re the people and pictures that once dominated and defined her life. Until now, the images had been kept inside a suitcase stored at her parents’ home, untouched and unseen for nearly two decades.