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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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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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Bangs on Fun House

 Of Pop and Pies and Fun CREEM—December 1970 A program for mass liberation in the form of a Stooges review. Or, who’s the fool? by Lester Bangs Part 1: Anatomy of a Disease Like most authentic originals, the Stooges have endured more than their share of abuse, derision, critical condescension and even outright hostility. Their […]

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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 Heart of the Beat

William S. Burroughs/A Man Within A Man Within is a must see film for anyone who is interested by today’s culture. Burroughs was not a man easy to like back when he began to write; he was gay, he was a junky, he had shot his wife playing William Tell, he was talking about lots […]

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Alex Soria

Up until his tragic passing at age 39 last December, Alex Soria was the impetus behind one of Montreal’s finest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever, the Nils. One of the first punk bands on the local scene, going all the way back to the ’70s, the Nils were responsible for creating some of the most criminally beautiful music to ever emerge from these parts.

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Montreal Punk Fest Riot 1979

Photo above by Louie Pepin Being punk today is very well accepted but with the 40th anniversary of Montreal first Punk Fest taking place, let’s remember those who paved the way. Those who were ridiculed, spat at, beaten and bitten didn’t have it easy. I am lucky to have a first-hand witness who was right […]

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I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk

Above: Down The Tubes Inside the Gonzoid Mind of Fee Waybill Sticky Zippers by Chris Walter I vaulted over a steaming heap of vomit and dodged an obese Shriner with a greasy red fez. The midway shrieked, rattled, and buzzed around me—a dizzying smorgasbord of screaming children, tiny doughnuts, and games of no chance at all. […]

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