Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat
Edited and designed by Ron Kretsch
Among one of the first wave of punk bands in the early 1970s was Cleveland’s own Dead Boys. The band, which consisted of Stiv Bators (vocals), Cheetah Chrome (lead guitar), Jimmy Zero (rhythm guitar), Jeff Magnum (bass), and Johnny Blitz (drums), only officially released a pair of albums, ‘Young Loud and Snotty’ (1977) and ‘We Have Come for Your Children’ (1978), in their short existence but continue to be an influence 40 years later.
In honor of the band’s 40th anniversary of their debut album, photographer Dave Treat has compiled photos of the Dead Boys during their humble beginnings in Cleveland. “Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat” is an 88-page, hardbound book edited and designed by Ron Kretsch with introductions by both Kretsch and curator Brittany M. Hudakall natives of the Cleveland area.
“Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat” is sectioned into three chapters with the first simply being titled the Dead Boys. These photos are black and white photos of the band in the run-down factory section of Cleveland where they pose in back alleys and dirty hallways and next to abandoned cars. The second chapter is in concert, where the band is captured on stage, usually with color photos, and the last chapter is dedicated to the late Dead Boys front man Stiv Bators, who passed away in 1990 of a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a cab in Paris, France. He was 40 years old.
“Dead Boys 1977: The Lost Photographs of Dave Treat” is a small glimpse into a punk band’s short career and gives you a look inside the early days of a future seminal punk band.