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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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Great Punk Stuff on Tape

All Star Punk Footage Here are some of my favorite documentaries, films or shorts about punk in general, a specific era, style or band. Each of them have this extra edge that somehow gave me an itch to watch them again. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)  Penelope Spheeris’ documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene. Filmed between December […]

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Hunter S. Thompson 

  THE WAVE… “Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant […]

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The Immaculate Fix

F.F. Coppola Presents A Short by Nick Donkin Fantastic narration by Burroughs about Danny, a poor unfortunate junkie who reveals his last remains of selflessness and humanity despite his urgent physical predicament. Directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel. William S. Burroughs wrote the story and narrates the film; he also appears in live-action footage at […]

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ROCK’N’ROLL HELLHOLE

NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell Here’s the whole beautiful mess: A terrific documentary that captures a pivotal moment in the history of a city and its pop culture. by Marc Campbell Punk, disco, hip hop, the blackout, Son of Sam, Tony Manero, CBGB, Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Show World, Paradise Garage, cocaine, polyester and […]

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SOCIAL DISEASE

Symptoms of a Glamorous Mental Illness Andy Warhol and Archie, 1973 ©Jack Mitchell ”I will go to the opening of anything,including a toilet seat” ”I have social disease, I have to go out every night. If I stay home one nigtht spreading rumors to my dogs. Once I stayed home for a week and my dogs had a nervous […]

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Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell

The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed by Dave Thompson (3 shows in 3 nights!) A Few Chosen Extracts: Aylesbury Friars would be Bowie‘s final show for a month, before he headed into the studio first and then Mott the Hoople. It was also designed to be Bowie’s introduction to an American […]

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The Stooges Vintage Pics

 Live from Farmington High School in Oakland County DECEMBER 5TH 1970 On December 5, 1970, The Stooges played a show at Michigan’s Farmington High School. That’s Zeke Zettner on bass, James Williamson AND Ron  Asheton on guitar as well as Scott Asheton on drums.  Jim Edwards (lead singer of Detroit band The Rockets) saw these pictures taken by Syd Ganon at the gig […]

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RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO

Prison Storytelling, Subcultural Anthropology and the Allure of Darkness.  by Maria Popova In the 1970’s, while American hippies were busy inking themselves with peace signs and psychedelic rainbows, Danzig Baldayev, a guard at St. Petersburg’s notorious Kresty Prison, began documenting the far less Woodstockian body art of Russia’s most infamous criminals. For 33 years, Baldayev used […]

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