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PUNK ROCK PRATTLE: Is Talk Cheap?

WHY BE SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE NOT: DETROIT HARDCORE 1979-1985 by Tony Rettman; Revelation, 2010 AMERICAN HARDCORE: A Tribal History (Second Edition) By Steven Blush; Feral House, 2010 To begin with, it's hard to believe that the people who built the house of punk rock are part of history. Weren't we ageless warriors who could defy […]

MICK FARREN: The 1997 Your Flesh Profile

Book Features MICK FARREN: The 1997 Your Flesh Profile Mar 6, 2009, 19:32 --> If rock 'n' roll and literature are usually considered mutually exclusive arenas, nobody bothered to tell Mick Farren. For the past thirty years his creative muse has swerved between the two on an increasingly contorted trajectory. “It's always been sort of […]

DAVID PEACE: Rising Son

Book Features DAVID PEACE: Rising Son By Jan 4, 2008, 06:55 photo by Charles Glover © --> In a blackened, broken metropolis destroyed by war, where stray dogs gnaw on the bones of the dead under the ruins of sacred temples, the blackened, broken body of a young woman is discovered in the flooded basement […]

HERBERT HUNCKE: Guilty of Everything

Book Features HERBERT HUNCKE: Guilty of Everything By Oct 24, 2007, 21:44 © Ashley Holt --> Short shrift hustler, petty thief, con artist, convicted felon, parasitic leech, life long junkie. The unsung hero of the literary underground was a mesmerizing storyteller whose collected memoirs, beautifully rendered, are infused with heartbreaking detours; detailing life lived to […]

1967

Music Features 1967 By Apr 18, 2007, 07:10 Photo © Dave Naz --> Blood buckets down the undulating walls. Invisible fists rage with super human strength and hammer the door. The ancient wood frame buckles, crumples and heaves. The empty nursery reverberates with the mournful howl of a pitiful infant, who cannot be located. I'm […]

DEPRAVED! SHOCKING! TRUE! A NIGHT at the GRINDHOUSE

Book Features DEPRAVED! SHOCKING! TRUE! A NIGHT at the GRINDHOUSE By Apr 5, 2007, 05:52 --> The complete history of “adults only” sexploitation cinema has yet to be written, though Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of “Adults Only” Cinema (St. Martins Griffin, 1996) is an excellent place to dive in. Co-written by Eddie Muller and Daniel […]

WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH (and Other Orwellian Twists Courtesy of Our Confused Pals in the Haute-Hipoisie)

Music Features WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH (and Other Orwellian Twists Courtesy of Our Confused Pals in the Haute-Hipoisie) By Mar 28, 2007, 01:53 --> Went to a show last night at El Rio. I like the joint, a casual and homey hole with cheap drinks and shuffleboard, but the crowd made me want to go all […]

ASSUME THE POSITION: The World Police and Fire Games

Book FeaturesASSUME THE POSITION: The World Police and Fire Games By Mar 1, 2007, 04:37 Blame it on Bobby Blake. I was still wearing knee socks and selling Girl Scout cookies when Baretta hit the air. He reminded me of my father. Or how I wanted my father to be. Only dad and Baretta were […]

SCENESCOPE: Special Pro Sports Spotlight; March 17, 1997

Book Features SCENESCOPE: Special Pro Sports Spotlight; March 17, 1997 By Sep 9, 2007, 23:13 -->  Scenescope correspondent Oral B. decided to take a breather from the stale cigarette smoke-filled trenches of rock to attend a professional ice hockey game.  He filed this report. Went to the San Jose Sharks/Detroit Red Wings game on […]

CLOSING UP THE DISTANCE: The Magnificent Myopic Visions of Topher Crowder

Book Features CLOSING UP THE DISTANCE: The Magnificent Myopic Visions of Topher Crowder By Sep 10, 2007, 02:35 photo by Norene Cashen © 2007 --> Topher Crowder isn't the first artist to create works that make mythic and microscopic worlds visible. But the 39-year-old Michigan native's grand, sprawling, black-and-white illustrations are singular eccentric visions that […]