Jimmy Webb, the beloved New York punk style icon and clothing manager who counted Iggy Pop, Duff McKagan and Debbie Harry as loyal customers, has died at age 61 https://t.co/DidVnfs9Tj pic.twitter.com/JM2uj1vgT8
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) April 15, 2020
Punk Fashion guru Jimmy Webb died April 14 in his Manhattan apartment at age 62 as a result of cancer.
Webb managed the the East Village clothing store Trash and Vaudeville. Never a rocker himself, Webb personified the punk-glam style. It was not uncommon to find teen aged girls or rock stars in the store exploring their inner rock star.
He could be found attired in punk regalia every day and for him it wasn’t a costume. He once told the New Yorker, “it’s not rock ’n’ roll if your pants don’t hurt,” adding that anything skintight, pink, or animal print rocks.
Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Blondie, Slash, David Johansen, The Ramones, and the Dead Boys were all customers in Webb’s shop. Even “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen purchased a shirt from Webb. He also helped to style looks for Beyonce, Miely Cyrus, and Madonna.
He was born James Kenneth Webb on August 28, 1957 in Troy, New York but grew up in Wynantskill, New York where is father owned a gas station.
He was only 16 when he arrived in New York City with everything he owned in a pillowcase. A former heroin addict, he lived on and off the streets; working as a bar back and other odd jobs until he finally found a home at “Trash to Vaudeville”.
Webb left Trash to Vaudeville in 2017 to open his own store he called “I Need More” after the Iggy Pop song. A mini Walk of Fame lay on the sidewalk in front of the store with the hand prints of Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry.
Predeceased by his brother Richard, Webb is survived by his brother Ronald.