Clayton Patterson vs. Taylor Swift – Welcome to NY

Longtime LES documentarian Clayton Patterson has re-imagined/re-edited Taylor Swift’s much-maligned “Welcome to New York” video … with archival footage from his archives circa the 1980s and early 1990s, including the Tompkins Square riots… there’s also some footage of GG Allin writhing around on Avenue B for good measure. »

“Are there no NYC songwriters or musicians who could write a song and be a face representing the city? There is no talent in NYC? What is the message to struggling or successful artists? Where are our politicians on this corporate insult to NYC talent? Where are the agencies that represent NYC talent? What is the message to struggling or successful artists? What is the message to the average NY’er? Tell me DeBlasio is different from Bloomberg. It is one thing to make NYC into a corporate mall filled with cookie cutter corporate businesses, but now we have an individual with almost no relationship to NYC as the face and voice representing the city. It is like we have lost our mind?”
– Clayton Patterson