Spin Magazine Fires Publisher and Editor (Ben Sisario, New York Times) Continue reading SPIN SPUN?
Growing Up on the Rock Beat: Though rock journalism has new respect it still doesn’t state the art. By Sean Newton, Ryerson Review of Journalism. (This will primarily be of interest to elderly observers of rock writing in Canadian dailies… Don’t all rush in at once! In short, if you’re old enough to remember names like Peter Goddard, Paul McGrath, and Greg Quill, have at … Continue reading Shadow Dancing
It’s mid-year and we’re wondering what all of you are listening to and why. Let the rock roll. Continue reading Halfway In: What Are You Listening To?
About Alex Give Me a Ticket This is denial – one month’s worth to be exact. With death, denial can be a reaction of shock or refusal to accept what’s put before us. And never has there been such resistance to the finality of Alex Chilton’s physical demise, save for possibly the death of John Lennon. Similarly, to many of us, his voice and words … Continue reading Notes on Alex: Alex Chilton, 1950 – 2010
This past year, fall and winter particularly, has been all about the 30th year of punk. Books by Arthur Kane’s widow, Barbara Kane (I, Doll: Life and Death of the New York Dolls), and Vera Ramone King (Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone), Dee Dee’s former wife were released as well as Robert Matheu’s and Jeffrey Morgan’s photo biography of Iggy Pop (The Stooges: … Continue reading Winter Looks at Books
They didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock this week. While celebrations are planned from east to west (later in the year), scant stories are available, whether by net, news or TV. One we did find, however, tells the real story, second-hand, about the music, mud and mayhem that ensued. Check out writer Ed Ward’s article in the Boston … Continue reading We Got Your Woodstock Right Here
Word slowly and gently traveled today, amid political shout outs and ships disappearing, that legendary guitar master, Les Paul, had passed away at age 94. Out of the many articles and tributes, one that stands out is from Mark Kemp for RollingStone.com. Continue reading The Day the Music Died, Again
Paul Williams’ benefit at San Francisco’s Red Devil Lounge last month did not disappoint in either attendance or musical performance. In fact, it brought all sorts of folks together who know the distinguished scribe and Crawdaddy originator or played together during the Bay area punk scene. Deborah Iyall (Romeo Void lead singer and solo artist) and Dramarama’s John Easdale were in attendance as were new … Continue reading For The Benefit of Mr. Williams
Pop counterculture photojournalist, Theresa Kereakes has been chronicling bands since the late 1970s. From working the ticket counter at the Whiskey to producing and supervising installments of VH1’s infamous Storytellers series to shooting video for Sting’s Rain Forest Foundation, her career continues to expand. This month the photographer has the distinctive experience of having two sets of works in Christie’s Pop Culture Auction. Among collectables … Continue reading Iconic Producer: Punk Rock Photographer Theresa Kereakes Gets Her Wings
The past few weeks have seen some break ups ( Radio & Records, Performing Songwriter) and shake ups ( Paste Magazine‘s appeal to readers), while other e-zines and print mags have gone about their business with new issues. Two that stand out are the premiere and spring issues of Blurt (in print) and The Oxford American #10 (which includes a two CD set to be … Continue reading We’ve Got Issues