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‘What did Barney’s farts smell like?’… ‘Curiously bitter,’
‘Thank you for coming, love’
published by the French music magazine ‘Rock et Folk’
‘an extension of my interest in making mundane things seem dramatic’
Brian would not write my name after all.
‘Wristbanded guest will be able to have a picture taken with Bruce Springsteen!’
‘it’s really hard to do, you have to sit down, turn the TV off, sit for 2-3 hours no matter what’
‘It was our coming of age, we grew up fast because we saw ugly things on the streets, and we lost a lot of friends’
They performed 32 shows in 26 venues in 24 cities all across the US, in just 33 days
‘That it was, it was all me!’
a thriller and a combined homage ‘to the 90’s, to the grunge scene and French detective novels of the time’
‘Neither Jack White nor Third Man Records has approved this book’
‘Michael is a real hot-blooded man who loves women’
‘you have become only your fame, and left behind most of who you were’
There’s a lot of nuance that goes into a biography that is bigger than whether or not something is true. When I was a kid, it was a simpler time. Today, I weigh everything on a moral compass. It has to do with: Is it fair? Is it hurtful? Is it going to cause people pain? That’s a big part of my process today that when I was a kid, I never considered.’
‘I just tried to pick the songs that incited some sort of change or were indicative about something that was happening that was bigger than rap itself,’ he explained to the Daily Beast. ‘So, in some cases it would be something like how The Breaks by Kurtis Blow had a chorus, so that’s an easy one that had to do specifically with rap. But then there are other songs like Fight the Power by Public Enemy, its contributions are bigger than rap. So I was just looking for those sorts of moments to pinpoint in each year.’
Shepard continues his work although he is well aware of his ambiguous position, he started as an outlaw and has been accused of selling out because of his Obey clothing line and corporate sponsored work. ‘I still put stickers and posters in the streets without permission,‘ he continues, ‘but I also paint ten-story-tall sanctioned murals and collaborate with high-profile musicians. I have worked with city governments and been arrested by them.’
‘Do not read this book; do not sully yourself with it, no matter how temptingly brief it seems. All those who shepherded it to print should hang their heads in shame, for it’s hard to imagine anything this bad , been put between covers by anyone other than a vanity publisher. It is an unpolished turd of a book, the stale excrement of Morrissey’s imagination.’
Following in the footsteps of contemporaries and friends Morrissey and Elvis Costello, this should be a very big deal in the world of rock and, how you say?, roll. If it is half as good as Moz’s memoir (I consider it genius but I realize I am in a minority) it will be great but it won’t be anything like it: I am assuming a lot of acerbic putdowns and exceedingly little we don’t know about Ray Davies
I’d said “The Only Ones” is a form of memoir and I believe it is that but not quite that, it takes one of Dibbell’s core experiences and it manipulates the experience from one story to a different story, in doing so it shreds the facts and only keeps the truths.
Which leads me to Christgau the rock critic, who once wrote of Costello “all wordplay as swordplay” –a phrase I still use. As is this one, which only I own since he said it in reference to a pan of Visage (more or less –I think I was a little ambivalent) I’d written for the Voice: “They aren’t invading Poland”…. A phrase I’ve used ever since whenever somebody is over reacting. And… MICK JAGGER SHOULD WRAP UP HIS PENIS AND GO HOME.
Nick Cave can fill the 600 seats of the Grauman’s Egyptian theater, and just discuss his new book while not singing a single song? The evening was priced as high as a musical performance and the performance part was limited to him reciting a few of his incredible texts, but at this point many people (me included) would pay to see him just reading the phone book
Shaw read a few excerpt of his book, spoken word style, accompanied by some music by Gregg Foreman of Cat Power, and Brandon Burkart of The Saint James Society. The funny thing is that he was reading most of it from his phone (he wrote his whole book on his phone as he is allergic to computers)
The book is supposed to crack the case of one of the most tragic mysteries in music history,… if you read his Wikipedia page, it tells you that Bobby was found dead in a car, asphyxiated by gasoline vapors, and that his death was declared an ‘accident’ and a ‘suicide’ by the LAPD, but conspiracy theories, as we like to call them, have never ceased since that time
‘I got drunk with them, I saw them with Bob Dylan when they smoke marijuana’, talking about the night the Beatles got stoned after Dylan introduced them to a particularly strong grade of marijuana in their New York hotel, ‘Bob Dylan gave a fat joint to Ringo, and he smoked the whole thing himself, he came back on his knees laughing!’
Marcus is an ill mannered, bad tempered, arrogant man, who is nowhere near as smart as he thinks he is and who has spent the last 40 years staring in a mirror and saying “I wrote the liner notes to The Basement Tapes once and I can do it again.
‘All eyes are on us, we’ve become a symbol, just like our cartoons. Humanité headlined ‘Liberty has been assassinated. A huge symbolic weight, that doesn’t exist in our cartoons and is somewhat beyond us, has been put on our shoulders. I’m one amongst many who’s finding that difficult.’
telling her story as an artist, a wife, a mother and as one of the first women of rock and roll, in the 80’s and 90’s in New York. ‘Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves
Or how would he manage to assemble lines like these ones: ‘Hear a man preaching in a language that’s completely new, yea/Making the hot cocks in the flophouse bleed/While the cleaning ladies sob into their mops/And a bellhop hops and bops/A shot rings out to a spiritual groove/Everybody bleeding to that Higgs Boson Blues’
Spot sounded like the funniest guy you have ever met, he had a super expressive face, with a bon vibrant look and high-pitched voice, spending almost 20 minutes talking with each person who was on line. rising his arms in the air at each story told, examining carefully each Black Flag memorabilia put in front of him
In the book, the songs are presented in alphabetic order, and the way it is printed respects Dylan’s own writing — based on Dylan’s personal notebooks and manuscripts; for example, a long line sprawls across the wide page if it is supposed to be unbroken
How did he come up with these short poems for short words? Just because of Scrabble apparently, and probably because of his interest for these two-letter words that are really important in the game… I wouldn’t be able to tell, I haven’t played Scrabble for ages.
‘I first read about hypnotism at school and I used to do tricks like getting a really skinny guy to arm wrestle the local bully. Much later, when we were in Joy Division, I read a book on hypnotic regression and how it could be used for therapy. I first hypnotized Ian at our rehearsal room.”
What does it says about you when your face can be used in cartoons and comics, when your mug has reached this level of familiarity that everyone instantaneously recognizes who you are once sketched by more than three dozen of different artists?
I owe everything to Sam and the ideas he has revealed in this new edition. My life completely changed once I was introduced to him. He taught me how to think about art and eventually how to attack it, making me a living example that his approach is almost fool-proof…’
“My mother is a former English teacher who always expected me to write the Great American Novel, thunderous and profound, so she was not impressed to learn that my first book is going to be amusing light verse. But now that I’ve got her hooked on Words With Friends, she sees the immense value of remembering the two-letter words”
You know me as Billy Idol, the hell-raising rebel who’s lived life to the full—sometimes fuller than life would allow. But I am also William Michael Albert Broad, a working-class kid from the suburbs of London: a dreamer with his nose forever in a book, cursed with feeling too much, dreaming too big, and suffering slights too deeply
A few days ago, the news that Bruce Springsteen was writing a children book based on his song ‘Outlaw Pete’ made Iman choke on his lunch, but the boss is not the only rock star to give a try at the kid book story: Keith Richards is publishing ‘Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar’
His style is simply amazing and totally engaging, and this is obviously a must-read for Bauhaus’ fans and post-punk scene lovers. I know that David J will do a book reading and signing at Book Soup in Los Angeles on October 31st which will be followed by many others in Seattle, Portland and New York….
When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters.”
“Other titles to suffer include Q magazine whose sales fell 21.8% to 46,096, but with digital rose to 48,353. Elsewhere, Mojo saw a dip of 10.9%, Uncut 12.1% and Kerrang sales have dropped 12.2% to 33,02, IPC publishing director Jo Smalley said that their total reach across all platforms was now 3.6 million – “bigger than it has ever been”, with traffic on their website growing by 85%.”
By the time the tour dipped five days later into the Southeast, with shows in Memphis, Raleigh, and Atlanta, “Androgynous” was No. 4 on the Billboard chart and No. 3 on Cashbox’s, the album had been certified gold, and the iconic photo of Terri and Dev cheek to cheek shared the cover of the new Creem with Empress
I’ve also seen what’s happened to other music sites that I respect and read regularly, like Rolling Stone, Paste, Stereogum, etc. The mindless fawning over celebrity, the playing up of pseudo controversy and fake “news” for marketing and publicity purposes, the endless milking of informational and promotional teases, the pay-for-play business model of sponsored content…
Unlike Joan Jett, who has kept the same persona from Runaway to current, Lita cant pull off that young vixen bit at age 55. She also has yet to evolve, she still cashes in on the Runaway name. 55 year old runaways rarely generate attention.
The problem with VV is it is such a pale facsimile of what it once was, it just… it is like when somebody has been really sick and while they are better they haven’t bounced back. The Village Voice haunts itself; it looks at itself in the mirror and it is gaunt and tired and shaky and a terrible read
I am guessing, just guessing, that the dynamic duo maybe ruffling a few feathers. They certainly don’t play anything close to the Aquilante game, if they don’t like you it doesn’t matter how big you are, they’ll rip you to pieces. You’d think Col would be happy with it after all of Dan’s asskissing
The rag kicked off its new venture with, of course, a list. The website trumpeted loudly this week – “The Greatest 100 Country Songs of All Time.” The specific country was not designated.
Marvel came first and then DC, but also Archie, Harvey, Mad Magazine and from their I graduated to an appetite for all things sci fi. So to connect the two was obvious though I have been beaten to it as the drawing illustrating this story attests in no uncertain terms.
“The media will beg for free tickets to your show just so they can write about how much they hate it. I wish you could all see it. The whole things actually pretty funny.” Er, free tickets? Wow, that’s a little harsh? Writers are professionals, they go to shows to review them, it isn’t entertainment. Tickets are the tools of their trade.