Mick Rock's "Exposed" Photo Show Opened and the Downtown Kids Cameth

Alex Catarinella

Leave it to legendary rock 'n' roll photographer Mick Rock to resurrect CBGBs from its Giuliani-inflicted death... albeit for one night only. The evening, presented by Creem Magazine and Russian Standard Vodka, started at Rock's new "Expose" show and book launch at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, where I was pleasantly surprised to witness many a hipster putting their iPhones aside and yes, actually LOOKING at Rock's photos lining the walls. Rock's extensive documentation of music's deities ranged from Alicia Keys to Blondie, but my fave would have to be a pre-Kabbalah-ified Madonna rocking a Pittsburgh Pirates t-shirt (this writer sometimes has a little hometown pride). The effortlessly cool man of the hour let the lens be turned on him for most of the night, posing for photographers with famous friends like the iconic Max's Kansas City regular Bebe Buell and Jimmy Fallon (?). But the real fun took place at the after-party next door, which felt  like the PAPER Nightlife awards part II. We spotted PAPER Nightlife Award winner DJ Mia Moretti, former PAPER Nightlife Award winner Harley Viera-Newton, Ally Hillfiger, Cory Kennedy, Becka Diamond, Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta, Sky Ferreira, Alexandra Richards, Prince Peter, Charlotte Ronson, Mr. John Varvatos himself, and an exhausting list of downtown hotties and displaced Beatrice Inn kids. Drinks were drunk, rock 'n' roll classics roared over the speakers (thanks to guest DJs The Strokes' Albert Hamond Jr., The Raveonettes' Sune Wagner, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and Aaron Stern), and the at-capacity crowd was treated with performances from the adorable Jamie Burke's band Delilah and the quirky, super-energetic Adam Green of the Moldy Peaches worked that stage like a madman. A personal highlight was watching a friend enthusiastically collect someone's unused-cigarettes that were scattered (and stomped on) off of the vodka-drenched floor. CBGBs might be an overpriced clothing store now, but it's nice to know that scuzz is alive and well in NYC.

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