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Pictures from the Stereo Society launch party

We have had our heads down working most of the time, but we did enjoy a good launch party all those years ago on April 15, 1999.

Our launch was on April 15, 1999.  We indulged ourselves on tax day with a party in the Basement under CBGB’s club, in Downtown New York.  As you can see, the crowd was very well-behaved.  We were delighted to see the broadest cross-section of people:

from computer programmers to online company directors
from classical virtuoso instrumentalists to punk guitarists
from corporate record company execs to DJs
from seven years old to seventy years old.

Since it wasn’t exactly Hollywood, darlings, we left everyone to photograph each other with disposable cameras.  Hello.  Someone out there still has three of them.  These are the pictures fit to print. We kept others as hard physical evidence.

Off-duty JR Rost, feels awkward at a party if he isn’t taking snaps.  We collected a few of his, see below.  Funny how people have different favorites.

Social Corner: Disposable Camera Archive

Group shot of launch party attendees

Wondering where the next drink is coming (from left to right): Bob Funk (Uptown Horns)Kit Hain (artist and writer), Mike Thorne (artist and producer), Hilly Kristal (artist and CBGB’s owner), Jeanette Buckley (the Stereo Society) and James Biondolillo (the Stereo Society)

Johnny Reinhard and friends

The ground zero of microtonal intensity (from left): Andrew Bolotowsky (flute soloist in Chaco Canyon)unidentified person in nice red shirt, Paul Savior (actor, voice in Raven)Johnny Reinhard (composer and bassoon virtuoso), and friends.

Carol Lipnik

Carol Lipnik, writer of Ships That Pass In The Night, adjusts her personal internet reality.

Katheryn Russell, Sherrie Siegel, and BJ Nelson

Another perfect Billboard magazine shot. From left: Katheryn Russell (vocalist and multi-instrumentalist); Sherrie Siegel (video and communications doyenne) and BJ Nelson (artist and writer, featured on Cry Tomorrow).

Sarah Jane Morris and Amy Zif

At some time in the evening, someone must have said something interesting.  (from left) Sarah Jane Morris (artist and writer), Amy Ziff (BETTY)

Mike Thorne keeps the speech short

Keeping the speech mercifully short.  Mike Thorne (artist, producer, Stereo Society President)

Mike Thorne and Jordan Rost

The off-duty-but-serious corner (from left to right): Jordan Rost (Senior Vice President, New Technology, Warner Music Group), and Mike Thorne (artist and producer).

Barry Reynolds

Barry Reynolds, co-writer with Marianne Faithfull of many of her great songs from Broken English to Sexual Terrorist.

Elizabeth Zif

Getting very late for Elizabeth Ziff of BETTY.

Rob Rives

Rob Rives (artist, remixer, producer).

Jeremy Hagan and Hilly Kristal

Traditionally interactive pints.  From left: Jeremy Kagan (President and CEO, ezcd.com), Hilly Kristal (artist and owner of CBGB’s)

Social Corner: Off Duty JR Rost

The Stereo Society's neon sign

The special neon sign for the occasion.  Many wasted shots when it flashed too soon or too late

CBGB's basement bar

How late it got, how soon.  The Basement Under CBGB

Kit Hain

Thinking quietly of bursting into song, artist and writer Kit Hain

Mike Thorne and Leila Shakkour

And a classic Billboard pose from Leila Shakkour (friend of the Stereo Society) and Mike Thorne (artist, producer, Stereo Society President)

James Rosenthal

How late it got, how soon.  The Basement Under CBGB

Kit Hain

Arno Hecht of the Uptown Horns and New York master drummer Allan Schwartzberg