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Written by | October 30, 2015 11:11 | No Comments

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.’

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Written by | October 18, 2015 5:27 | No Comments

‘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.’

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Written by | October 12, 2015 15:58 | No Comments

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.’

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Written by | September 25, 2015 4:49 | No Comments

‘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.’

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Written by | August 8, 2015 14:14 | No Comments

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

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Written by | July 15, 2015 15:05 | No Comments

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.

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Written by | May 20, 2015 13:54 | No Comments

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.

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Written by | April 11, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

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

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Written by | March 30, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

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)

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Written by | March 10, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

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

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Written by | January 12, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

‘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.’

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Written by | January 11, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

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

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Written by | December 19, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

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’

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Written by | September 28, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

“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”

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Written by | September 15, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

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

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Written by | August 29, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

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.”

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Written by | August 18, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

“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%.”

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Written by | July 29, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

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…

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Written by | July 18, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

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.

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Written by | June 21, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

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

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Written by | June 20, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

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

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Written by | May 8, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

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.

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Written by | May 6, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

“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.

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