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From William Meyers’s review of “Histories: Tales from the 70s” for The Wall Street Journal:

The tales that Henry Horenstein has to tell are primarily about honky-tonk joints and personalities, stock-car racing, and life in an upper-middle class suburb of Boston. These are black-and-white, small- or medium-format prints of 21 readily accessible images. “Dolly Parton” (Symphony Hall, Boston, 1972) stands in a virginal white, long-sleeved, high-neck dress, her head piled with golden tresses; she looks out from heavily mascaraed eyes, maybe seeing into the near future when her ascending success becomes legendary. The “Lovers” (Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tenn., 1975) are not conventional figures of romance; middle-aged, heavyset, far from adorable, he nonetheless smooches her affectionately in front of a graffiti-covered wall. “Wanda Behind the Bar” (Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, 1974) leans on the counter; the wall behind her is covered with autographed glossy photos of entertainers and, below them, zillions of overlapping snapshots of customers and their children.

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