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Did Sid Really Kill Nancy?

Explosive New Evidence Suggests the Punk Rocker May Have Been Innocent The murky half-light of a bleak New York winter’s morning had yet to penetrate the small rear bedroom of an airless apartment in the city’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Stepping over empty bottles and half-eaten plates of spaghetti (the untidy remnants of the previous night’s […]

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THE NEW YORK DOLLS

Glam-Rock Royalty on Race Street As a co-founder of glam-rock pioneers the New York Dolls in the 1970s, Sylvain Sylvain helped make too-small girls’ clothing an acceptable part of male rockers’ wardrobes. The corkscrew-coiffed moppet played the natural foil to fellow guitarist Johnny Thunders’ haystack-haired bad boy, and their music –– equal parts early Rolling […]

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William Gibson

Cyberspace. A Consensual Hallucination. Also known as the Noir Prophet of the Cyberpunk subgenre, William Gibson is an American Canadian science fiction novelist. In his short story, Burning Chrome (1982), Gibson used for the first time and invented the term cyberspace and later used the concept as a base for his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). […]

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Helios Creed from Chrome

 Interviewed by Jimmy Martin (The Quietus 2014) Spawned unto the world in 1976 like a mutant beast from an unearthly morass of twisted steel on a splatter movie, San Franciscans freaks Chrome have loomed large ever since as a triumph for murky noise alchemy – borne of technology gone wrong, and thriving in a blizzard […]

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The Paperboy

What a fantastic movie. The photography is incredible, the plot is solid but loose enough so director Lee Daniels can take his time and make you enjoy the ride very as well. Almost surreal as it’s improbable that something like that would happen but you still get into the movie and enjoy it without really caring […]

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The Stranglers

40 years of fights, Drugs, UFOs and Doing All the Wrong Things…  The Stranglers are infamously known for inciting a riot in Nice, starting a fight with The Clash, exploiting strippers on stage and writing “Golden Brown” about heroin. Taking H was a conscious decision by the band to see what would happen creatively. Two members […]

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Legion

Delusions A delusion starts like any other idea, as an egg. A delusion is an idea and that idea can be contagious. Humans are pattern-seeking animals which means we prefer ideas that fit a pattern. In other words, we don’t believe what we see; we see what we believe. But when we’re stressed or our […]

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Eric Wayne

Selfies from Alternate Universes ”All of these digital paintings are based on my humble visage” says Eric Wayne. I been keeping an eye on him and when I saw the first samples of the ”Selfish-Selfies” as he had already called them, I knew he was onto something. Finally someone had found a way to make […]

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In The Mudd

(above)  Richard Boch with Pete Farndon 1980© by Lynette Bean Questions to author Richard Boch  by Tobe Damit NITRO by Damita! ”I really hope my words are worthy….When I woke up this morning the only thoughts in my mind were the realization that perhaps doggy spit held the unforseen properties of exfoliating the dead skin off […]

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The Mudd Club

The Decay Dance of Dr Mudd’s Club First of all I wanna make clear that the title isn’t about the decay of the people frequenting the Mudd Club but rather about the decaying of a society that was in full expansion, artists and musicians of all sorts and parts of them ended ”cleaned up”, being […]

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Tarkovsky Polaroids

Instant Light Access the Soviet Filmmaker’s Private Polaroids Andrei Tarkovsky is often cited as the greatest cinematic artist of all time. His roster of just seven films – including Andrei Rublev, Ivan’s Children and Solaris – have made him one of the most lauded directors in history, awarded a Golden Lion, the Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes […]

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Alien Sex Fiend

IN GOD WE TRUST/ IN CARS YOU RUST ” ‘Cause everybody wants what everybody’s got and everybody’s got what everybody wants ”  The first time I saw Alien Sex Fiend, they were playing Montreal’s legendary club ”Les Foufounes Electriques” (The Electric Buttocks) that  systematically booked them every Halloween night for at least 5 years. I […]

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Lust for Life?

CHOOSE LIFE! ”Choose life.Choose a job. Choose a career.Choose a family, Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home.   Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three […]

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Flash

The Tragic Story of Charles Duchaussois “A Flash strikes with the fury of lightning combined with the intensive greatness of an orgasm”  Flash is a poignant true life story that will leave a very strong, lasting impression.  Duchaussois wanted to live life to its fullest but got derailed by a series of unfortunate circumstances. Another way […]

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Marcia Resnick

… When photographer  Marcia Resnick appears out of nowhere, she’s got on her leather jacket and black hat with a pair of black Wayfarers to keep the moon out of her eyes. When she moves toward the chain the crowd does what Marcia refers to as the ”Red Sea Routine”. Maybe it’s the way she walks […]

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The Cramps

Born Bad  ☠Songs The Cramps Taught Us☠ The Cramps never defined themselves as anything other than a garage band but they are the ones who build a bridge and opened the gates that gave a second breath to an incredible amount of underground hits that would most probably have otherwise sadly sunk into oblivion. They were […]

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The Blade of Brutalism

Blade Runner 2049’s cityscape has been heavily influenced by brutalist forms. But the hyper-capitalist society in which the film takes place is completely at odds with the style’s underlying philosophy. by Alice Sweitzer & Charlie Clemoes  This autumn saw the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the long-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. There’s been […]

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Mourning Sun

MOURNING SUN by Tobe Damit ”I always felt like some kinda extra-terrestrial, like an elephant in a glasshouse, and all I was saying was fucked up and dumb and clumsy, I had my head up in the sky and there was just no hope for it to come back down on my shoulders.” Woke up […]

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Gerard Malanga

Interview with an American Poet by Tobe Damit Gerard Malanga has been one of the most innovative, inspired, active and versatile artists who’s career spans over almost 6 decades. He is an actor, filmmaker, photographer, poet and he also choreographed the music of the Velvet Underground for Warhol’s multimedia presentation The Exploding Plastic Inevitable. He […]

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Peel Slowly…

Up-Tight/The Velvet Underground Story  Under Review by Tobe Damit At the forefront of modern music are The Velvet Underground. Their story is as strange and twisted as their music. Its ramifications and implications on modern-day music, are as deep as they are Legion. Studded with exclusive, amazing photos, stunningly written accounts, interviews, comments and reviews,  Up-tight/The […]

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Death Before Punk

Punk was definitely born in Detroit with 3 bands that all took a very daring step towards uncharted territories. The Stooges, the MC5 and another obscure, almost totally overlooked band from Detroit called DEATH. You might think it’s not a very original name but back in 1971 when the trio of brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David […]

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The Runaways

The Girls Band That Rocked the World! Cherie Currie is known to be the lead singer of one of the best punk-rock girl band, The Runaways. She wrote her autobiography “Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway” (Harper Collins) and a movie was made based on those memories. Looking at their story it really brought […]

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The Adding Machine

Protected by U.S. and Foreign Patents Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, Michigan Made in U.S. America ”What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity” -William S. Burroughs NOW… DESTR0Y ALL RATI0NAL TH0UGHT! Grove Press has just put out a spanking […]

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Weapons of Unique Creation

Bull Shotgun Paintings During his later years in Kansas, Burroughs developed a painting technique whereby he created abstract compositions by placing spray paint cans in front of, and some distance from, blank canvasses, and then shooting at the paint cans with a shotgun. These splattered canvasses were exposed in various Galleries during the early 1990s.  In an interview with […]

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BRUTALISM

Bold, Brutal Concrete Brutalism, perhaps the most reviled of all architectural styles, has seen a bit of a renaissance and it’s now cool to think of Brutalist buildings as forgotten masterpieces. There’s no denying that these striking, massive concrete buildings appear as bold and dramatic in black and white photos as they are austere,  dehumanizing […]

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The Outrageous Lie (Part 2)

by Tobe Damit Around 1969, Patti became quite involved with the Warhol drag-queen crowd They were part of the same cast in some plays and were all hanging out at Max’s Kansas City, It was around that time that they developed the concept of the Outrageous Lie. The idea was that if you simply lied, […]

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The Thin White Duke

The Side Effects of the Cocaïne DAVID BOWIE 01 APRIL 1975 – 02 FEBRUARY 1976 WRITER SEAN T. COLLINS© ARTIST ISAAC MOYLAN© If that flyer of ”Sound” in Berlin, here labelled as ”the most modern discothèque in Europe” means something to you, try clicking on it and then try to find the same image in the clip.

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The Beauty of the Beast

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris Updated after Reed’s death in October 2013, Transformer, The Complete Lou Reed Story definitely offers a lot more than one can possibly expect from a biography. Saying that Transformer encompasses everything you can possibly want to know about the life and times of the rock icon/artist/persona would still be a huge understatement. Going way […]

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Cities of the Red Night

“Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.”   The Cities of Red Night were six in number: Tamaghis, Ba’dan, Yass-Waddah, Waghdas, Naufana and Ghadis. These cities were located in an area roughly corresponding to the Gobi Desert, a hundred thousand years ago. At that time the desert was dotted with large oases and traversed by a […]

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Coney Island Blondie

WHEN HARRY MET DEBBIE… “Hi, it’s Deb.  You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself.  I was always Blondie.  People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid. What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry.  I couldn’t be Blondie anymore, so I […]

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Michael Hutter

Terrible Discoveries Hutter’s surreal works are as magical as they are strange. His work is pitched at that enjoyably nebulous zone which lies on the borderlands of fantasy, science fiction and surrealism, from which hybrid visions emerge that are never too defined in one direction or another. His paintings remember the works by Bruegel or Hieronymus Bosch. Related […]

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The Trouble with Angels 

Ray Caesar Ray Caesar says that issues with his father contributed to the arrival of Harry, an “alternate,” when he was 10. The boy is disguised as a girl in Caesar’s art, and remains present in his daily life as an alter ego. “Harry is beyond anger – he enjoys it,” says Caesar. “My job is […]

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Bob Dob

”I love to create worlds where the dark side of human nature is present. Life isn’t always good times. While in our youth we experience many things we would rather forget but this is what defines us.  That’s why my characters have an adolescent quality to them.  I’ve been very fortunate in experiencing and hearing […]

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Dino Valls

Surreal Psychic Surgery on Ethereal Bodies Born in 1959 in Zaragoza but living and working in Madrid, Dino Valls is one of the Spanish representatives of the vanguard of figurative art. His painting, elaborating and expanding the methods of past masters, centers on the human psyche by using figurative techniques only as a formal support in which to project a […]

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The Paintings of Naoto Hattori

The Eye’s Mind I came across Naoto Hattori’s work in Juxtapoz magazine back in the 90’s, and have periodically checked up on his latest creations ever since.He makes swirling amalgams of humans, animals, aliens, dolls, plants…intertwining like a grand mad scientist DNA experiment. Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design […]

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Electrik Emotions

Jimi Hendrix by Moebius 1966                                                                A few images of Jimi Hendrix done in France by the creator (after the great Jack Kirby) of Silver Surfer, the famous French […]

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The Dark Angels of Altamont

Gothic Requiem for the Flower Power      I thought it would be interesting to gather some bands that, for a short while during the late 60’s had a look that was some sort of mix between romanticism and what is nowadays called ”goth” with a slight psychedelic touch. I thought some of you might not exactly […]

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Marc Bolan

Banner: ©Marc Bolan Photo session with Tony Visconti used for Slider Album. All rights reserved 1971. British singer, songwriter and guitarist, Mark Feld (his real name) Marc Bolan, was born on September 30, 1947. He grew up in a simple Jewish family in London. As a child, Mark was fond of early rock ‘n’ roll […]

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William S. Burroughs Radio

Burroughs’ Connection to Modern Music The elder statesman of literature’s Beat Generation — and, by extension, of the American underground culture — few figures outside of the musical sphere exerted a greater influence over rock & roll than novelist William S. Burroughs. A provocative, controversial figure famed for his unique cut-up prose aesthetic, Burroughs lived the rock […]

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