Punk musician G.G. Allin (1956-93) led a short hard life marked by drug binges, violence, mental illness and on-stage coprophagy. I’ve never heard any of his music, but reading about this legendary underground figure I came across the above remarkable photograph.
Dear Reader, please disregard for a moment the guy to the left who is covered in blood and feces. Look at the audience members to the right. What are they feeling? What do their expressions signify?
Maniacal glee? Revulsion battling with fascination? Is the bearded guy dancing? Has the leftmost guy just smoothened his features for the camera? What are they thinking? I really have no idea. It’s like a photograph from Mars.