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Paul Zone's teen years were unforgettable, to say the least. Growing up in New York City in the 1970s, Zone witnessed the birth of punk firsthand — and he had the good sense to capture it on film.

In a new photographic memoir, Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground (Glitterati Incorporated), Zone shares his images of so many rock 'n' roll heroes: the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Blondie, Richard Hell, Suicide, Lance Loud and on and on.

"Photographing at big concerts rarely worked out, but when we would go to the clubs I was always comfortable snapping away at friends and bands I knew," Zone explains in the introduction. "And everyone was our friend ... and everyone was in a band, or thinking about starting one."

The book goes on sale this week, and today I'm thrilled to share a few images from it. Keep in mind the photos are snapped by a boy in his early teens, so they're not all expertly framed or in focus — but they do exemplify the passion of the era and the wealth of creativity on display within one small scene.

Learn more about the book at glitteratiincorporated.com.

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