In the mid-60's Emily Armstrong had musical experiences that shaped her adult life. She saw the Beatles and Rolling Stone's first American performances, and caught Jimmy James (later to become Jimi Hendrix) playing guitar with his teeth at the Cafe Wha? She spent her weekends at the Fillmore East, and in 1971, moved to the East Village. As commercial rock and roll reached an overproduced nadir, she found her way to CBGB's and the burgeoning NYC punk rock scene.
In the mid 70’s, the early days of cable television, Emily Armstrong ran the Public Access Channels C and D at Manhattan Cable TV. She assisted astrologers, pornographers, churches, witches, Boy Scout troops, gay rights groups, and wanna-be celebrities in the scheduling, production and promotion of their Cable TV programs.
At MCTV Emily met Pat Ivers and joined forces with her to videotape bands at CBGB's. Pat and Emily documented the full spectrum of music that was at the time lumped under the label "punk rock" and presented those live performances to NYC on their weekly TV show NIGHTCLUBBING, at weekly screenings at the Anthology Film Archives and at museums in the USA and Europe.
During the 1980's Emily designed and ran the Professional Video Training Program (PROVIT), which retrained thousands of NYC trade union media professionals in new digital technologies. She also worked as a NY Foundation for the Arts Video Artist-In-Residence in the NYC public school system.
Emily still lives on the Lower East side with her husband and two children. She was co-founder of the East Third Street Community Garden, the founding PTA President of the Neighborhood School and NEST+m school and is currently a member of LES Dwellers Block Association, the St. Brigid School Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Bridgewater Center Cemetery.
In 1969, Pat Ivers was a teenager working on an assembly line in a factory in Philadelphia making catalogues for an auto parts company. Stealing out to the back stairs on breaks, she would listen to her transistor radio, tuned to the underground radio station and dream of an escape. One year later she did, moving to New York to attend film school.. But she soon dropped out, lived on a commune and then traveled to Afghanistan and Nepal, photographing everything. Returning in 1973, she worked at Manhattan Cable's Public Access Department and began experimenting with the emerging technology of portable video.
Then, one night in 1974, she saw Patti Smith and Television at Max's Kansas City. Everything changed. Plunging head long into the downtown scene, she went to CBGB's most nights, worked with video artists like Nam June Paik during the day and, in 1975, began to document the music she loved, first with a loose video collective, Metropolis Video and then with Emily Armstrong.
Together, they shot everyone and everywhere. In 1980, they designed the Video Lounge at Danceteria. They shot the musicians who played there nightly, and as VJ’s, anticipated You Tube, and MTV, mixing their own video archive of bands and found footage and video art produced by their friends.
During the 80s, Pat launched a Video Program at City University of New York and traveled extensively. In the 90's she worked for ABC Sports, including twelve years with Monday Night Football. She is currently an Emmy Award winning Producer/Editor at WPIX News at 10. She still lives on the Lower East Side.