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NIGHTCLUBBING Archive by Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong
1970-2009 (Bulk 1975-1980)

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Collection processed by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez, Rachel Greer, and Cristina Vignone.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 22, 2017
Description is in English.

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files.  , March 2017

Biographical Note

Pat Ivers attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before working at Manhattan Cable TV's Public Access Department. She began documenting New York City's downtown nightclub scene in the 1970s, working with Nam Juin Paik and other video artists, as well as the Metropolis Video collective and Emily Armstrong. In the 1980s Ivers was instrumental in the creation of the Corporate and Cable Communications Program (now The Media Arts and Technology Department) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of The City University of New York (CUNY). She began working for ABC Sports in the 1990s and is currently a Producer/Editor at WPIX.

Emily Armstrong scheduled, produced, and promoted television programs as a coordinator in Manhattan Cable TV's Public Access Department in the 1970s. Together with Pat Ivers, a fellow MCTV employee, Armstrong began documenting New York City's downtown nightclub scene to present on the weekly cable television show NIGHTCLUBBING. Armstrong designed and ran the Professional Video Training Program (PROVIT), which retrained thousands of NYC trade union media professionals in new digital technologies. She also worked as a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Video Artist-In-Residence in the public school system.


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Historical Note

NIGHTCLUBBING, a weekly cable television show produced by video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong, debuted in 1979. The show was comprised of live footage filmed between 1975 and 1980 by Ivers and Armstrong that captures the burgeoning punk scene in nightclubs around New York City, including CBGB, Mudd Club, and Danceteria. The recordings feature dynamic performances by Bad Brains, Ballistic Kisses, Max Blagg, Blondie, Bush Tetras, John Cale, Contortions, Cramps, Dead Boys, Dead Kennedys, DNA, Go Go's, The Heartbreakers with Richard Hell, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Levi and the Rockats, The Lounge Lizards, Offs, Iggy Pop, Pylon, Strange Party, The Stilettos with Tish and Snooky, Suburbs, Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Talking Heads, and many others.


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