You'll Soon Be Able to See All the Issues of the East Village Eye

by Max Kessler
Some exciting Tuesday afternoon news: legendary downtown paper the East Village Eye is making its entire 72-issue archive digital and downloadable. The Eye chronicled the art, fashion, politics and culture of the East Village, Lower East Side from 1979-1987, profiling everyone from the Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, David Lynch, Robert Mapplethorpe, Betsey Johnson, Patricia Field, and Afrika Bambaataa along the way. Contributors included Richard Hell, Glenn O'Brien, Cookie Mueller and David Wojnarowicz; and the Eye was (supposedly) the first publication to ever print the phrase "hip-hop." They've already posted ten full issues in honor of the Met show, "Punk: Chaos to Couture" and we can't wait to see the rest. Check out some old East Village Eye spreads below and get excited.

More from June, 1979:

September, 1985:

September, 1983:
September-October, 1980:

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