Jimmy Webb, a downtown fixture and enthusiastic salesman and purchaser at iconic East Village rocker vogue haven Trash and Vaudeville, has died, his longtime mates affirm. He was 62.
“We are all going to overlook our great buddy Jimmy Webb,” Debbie Harry, legendary Blondie frontwoman and Webb muse, 74, instructed The Post. “There goes a stunning distinctive NYC character. I really feel fortunate to have identified him.”
Webb has been a stylist at Trash and Vaudeville, a retailer he dubbed “rock-and-roll heaven,” since 2000 and had grow to be often called the face of the model earlier than opening his personal boutique, I Need More, on the Lower East Side this yr.
When reached by The Post, a transport coordinator with Trash and Vaudeville mentioned they “have been really getting phrase of [his passing] ourselves simply now,” however declined to substantiate. No trigger of loss of life has been launched at this time.
This previous February, Webb held what amounted to a final hurrah. At his store I Need More — named for a track by Iggy Pop — he had two squares of tile faraway from the ground in order that Pop and Harry may make like Hollywood stars and lay their handprints into plaster. The occasion was a who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll royalty. Duff McKagan, David Johansen and Henry Rollins have been amongst these in attendance.
“I flew out from LA; I needed to be there for Jimmy,” Rollins, 59, instructed The Post. “He was not doing effectively, and I had little question that it might be my final time seeing him. Cancer is a hell of a factor.”
Rollins remembers on at least one event, not way back, he performed Buffalo and an ailing Webb took the practice as much as shock him backstage. “He traveled 4 hours and got here in with a bouquet of flowers,” Rollins recounted. “He mentioned he simply needed to see me. That was a complete Jimmy transfer. We put the flowers on the tour bus and hoped they wouldn’t get knocked over once we pulled out of a truck cease. Jimmy Webb was one of the sweetest human beings I ever met.”
Tributes from mates got here in on Tuesday together with Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach. “Jimmy Webb was an important buddy of mine,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “I purchased each pair of Cuban heeled boots that I wore from 1987 – 2011 at Trash & Vaudeville from Jimmy. Rest in peace brother we’ll miss you. You got here from the time of true rock and roll.”
“Farewell, expensive Jimmy. The sweetest, kindest, rock and roll soul. I’ll always remember you,” tweeted actress Maureen Van Zandt. Chris Stein, the guitarist for Blondie, additionally shared a tribute on Twitter Tuesday.
“We are true mom-and-pop, the bodega of rock ’n’ roll clothes,” Webb instructed The New York Times of Trash and Vaudeville in 2013. “It’s right here as a result of of reality and spirit, similar to Iggy Pop giving it his finest each evening and going all the best way till the whole lot in your physique is damaged besides your soul and rock ’n’ roll.”
Many have recalled interactions with Webb as a memorable expertise due to his rebellious candor, infectious vitality and edgy vogue sense with a fervor for tight pants.
Becka Diamond of New York City tells The Post she met Webb by a buddy and satisfied her the tighter the pants, the nearer to rock godliness.
“We used to drop in and cling with him and he’d at all times be portray the denims on me,” she recollects. “He’d say ‘They’re going to stretch, it is advisable go smaller!’ till they have been pores and skin tight and I wanted to be zipped in. And of course, they regarded nice that approach. Jimmy was the best and kindest punk.”
A real eccentric and genuine punk rocker, the Wynantskill, New York, native was accountable for styling some of the greats he referred to as his mates, together with KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Blondie and Iggy Pop.
But it wasn’t simply rockers and well-known faces who adored Webb for his devotion to rock ‘n’ roll duds. (In 2006, Webb instructed The Post that bondage pants have been acceptable to put on to work, “simply take the straps off.”) Mourners from throughout paid tribute to Webb’s eager eye for vogue and contagious vitality.
“Knew Jimmy since I used to be an adolescent. He bought me my first pair of bondage pants at T&V,” one fan wrote.
“Trash was the first spot I ever made a beeline for after I visited New York as an grownup earlier than I moved right here, and final time I noticed him he instructed me the collar I used to be making an attempt on actually complemented my tits,” tweeted another fan.
“My aunt took me there after I was 13. Jimmy helped me pick soooo many outfits. He was so supportive of a 13-year-old little woman who was making an attempt to determine who she was on the earth,” added another.
Webb himself remembers stumbling upon the punk rock haven, too, effectively earlier than working there a few years later. In 1975, the identical yr Trash and Vaudeville opened, Webb was a teen who ran away from residence to New York with a pillowcase full of garments and an entire lot of coronary heart.
“Coming into Trash and Vaudeville my first time, I knew I’d discovered a house and I wasn’t loopy,” he instructed the NYTimes.
After working as a bar again and flunking out of magnificence faculty, Webb wrote a letter to T&V proprietor Ray Goodman asking for a job. Goodman took a “likelihood” on Webb and inside a yr, he grew to become the highest-paid worker at the St. Mark’s Place retailer, which moved to East seventh Street in 2016, The New Yorker reported.
The relaxation, as they are saying, is historical past. Webb’s presence has grow to be an appendage of the shop, whether or not he was commanding the ground and providing matter-of-fact commentary or presiding over the storefront’s iconic stoop — in leather-clad glory.
“I don’t really feel positive of many issues in life, however I’m positive of two: I’ll be in New York ceaselessly, and I’m by no means leaving Trash and Vaudeville,” he instructed The New Yorker in 2007. “I wish to have them stuff me like — what’s it referred to as? — taxidermy, and put me in a nook. They can rig it so somebody can pull a string and I’ll say, ‘You rock,’ or ‘Tighter, tighter, these pants must be tighter’—the issues I say on daily basis.”