Jimmy Webb, beloved eccentric of NYC’s Trash and Vaudeville shop, dead at 62


Jimmy Webb, a member of the center and a keen seller and buyer in East Village’s iconic rock fashion paradise Trash and Vaudeville, has died, his old friends confirm. He was 62 years old.

“We are all going to miss our wonderful friend Jimmy Webb,” Debbie Harry, the legendary leader of Blondie and muse of Webb, 74, told The Post. Here goes a charming, unique character from New York. I feel lucky to have met him.

Webb has been a stylist at Trash and Vaudeville, a store he called “rock and roll paradise” since 2000 and became known as the face of the brand before opening his own boutique, I Need More, on the East Lower East Side. year.

Jimmy Webb and Debbie Harry in 2019.
Jimmy Webb and Debbie Harry in 2019.Getty Images for Mae McKagan Fal

When contacted by The Post, a shipping coordinator with Trash and Vaudeville said, “They were actually getting news from [his passing] ourselves now, “but declined to confirm. No cause of death has been released at this time.

Last February, Webb did what amounted to one last hurray. At their I Need More store, named for an Iggy Pop song, they took two tile squares off the floor so Pop and Harry could become Hollywood stars and put their footprints in plaster. The event was a who’s who of rock and roll royalty. Duff McKagan, David Johansen and Henry Rollins were among the attendees.

“I flew in from Los Angeles; It had to be there for Jimmy, ”Rollins, 59, told The Post. “It wasn’t right and I had no doubt that it would be the last time I would see him. Cancer is a great thing. “

Rollins recalls on at least one occasion, that not too long ago, Buffalo played and a sick Webb took the train to surprise him behind the scenes. “He traveled four hours and came in with a bouquet of flowers,” Rollins said. “He said he just wanted to see me. That was Jimmy’s total move. We put the flowers on the tour bus and hoped they wouldn’t tip over when we left a truck stop. Jimmy Webb was one of the sweetest human beings I have ever met. ”

Tributes from friends came on Tuesday, including Skid Row leader Sebastian Bach, 52. “Jimmy Webb was a great friend of mine.” tweeted on Tuesday. “I bought every pair of Cuban heeled boots I wore from 1987 to 2011 at Jimmy’s Trash & Vaudeville. Rest in peace brother we will miss you. You came from the era of true rock and roll. “

Goodbye, dear Jimmy. The sweetest and kindest rock and roll soul. Never forget you,” tweeted actress Maureen Van Zandt, 68. Chris Stein, 70, Blondie’s guitarist, also shared a tribute on Twitter Tuesday.

“We are a real mom and pop, the rock ‘n’ roll clothing store,” Webb told the Trash and Vaudeville New York Times in 2013. “He’s here for the truth and the spirit, just like Iggy Pop giving him Its best every night and until the end until everything in your body breaks except your soul and rock ‘n’ roll. “

Interactions with Webb have been remembered by many as a memorable experience thanks to his rebellious openness, infectious energy, and edgy fashion sense with a fervor for skinny pants.

Becka Diamond, from New York City, tells The Post that she met Webb through a friend and convinced her that the tighter her pants were, the closer she was to rock piety.

“We used to hang out and hang out with him and he always painted my jeans,” he recalls. “He said” They are going to stretch, you have to go smaller! “Until they’re tight and I need to buckle up. And, of course, they looked great that way. Jimmy was the coolest, kindest punk.

A true eccentric and authentic punk rock, the Wynantskill, New York native was responsible for designing some of the greats he called his friends, including KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Blondie, and Iggy Pop.

Agyness Deyn and Jimmy Webb.
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But not only rockers and famous faces adored Webb for his dedication to rock and roll. (In 2006, Webb told The Post that bondage pants were acceptable to wear at work, “just take off your straps.”) Mourners from around the world paid tribute to Webb’s good eye for fashion and infectious energy.

“I have known Jimmy since he was a teenager. He sold me my first pair of bondage pants at T&V. ” a fan wrote.

“Trash was the first place I made a straight line when I visited New York as an adult before moving here, and the last time I saw it it told me that the necklace I was trying on really complimented my boobs.” another fan tweeted.

“My aunt took me there when I was 13 years old. Jimmy helped me choose so many outfits. She was so supportive of a 13-year-old girl that she was trying to find out who she was in the world. ” added another.

Webb himself remembers stumbling across the punk rock paradise long before working there many years later. In 1975, the same year that Trash and Vaudeville opened, Webb was a teenager who fled his home to New York with a pillow case full of clothes and a lot of heart.

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“Upon entering Trash and Vaudeville my first time, I knew I had found a home and was not crazy,” he told NYTimes.

After working as a bar and dropping out of beauty school, Webb wrote a letter to T&V owner Ray Goodman asking for a job. Goodman had a “chance” at Webb and within a year, he became the highest-paid employee of the St. Mark’s Place store, which moved to East 7th Street in 2016, The New Yorker reported.

The rest, as they say, is history. Webb’s presence has become an appendage to the store, whether he commanded the floor and offered factual comments or presided over the store’s iconic portico, in glory clad in leather.

“I am not sure about many things in life, but I am sure of two: I will be in New York forever, and I will never leave Trash and Vaudeville,” he told The New Yorker in 2007. “I want to be filled, what’s your name?” ? – Taxidermy, and put me in a corner. They can manipulate it so that someone can pull a rope and I will say: “You swing” or “Tighter, tighter, those pants should be tighter”, the things I say all the days “.

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