Trashman

Heritage Moments: Mean streets, rock ’n’ roll and the underground genius of Spain Rodriguez

Aug 29, 2016
Courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the estate of the artist

Buffalo in the late ’50s and early ’60s: motorcycle gangs, factory jobs, Deco’s all-night coffee shops, rhythm-and-blues clubs on William Street, record hops, tire-iron rumbles, cruising down Fillmore to the howling sounds of WKBW’s Hound Dog Lorenz. The city was a menacing but vibrant place, churchgoing yet beer-soaked, seething with racial antipathies yet alive with more interaction between white and black than at any time before or since.