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Jarvis: Still the Working Class Hero?

The man who, fronting Pulp over a decade ago, brought us ‘Common People’, still perhaps the finest piece of poetry ever written about the English obsession with the English Working...
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Shine On… The Ruts

Talking of lung cancer, as unfortunately we were, it was announced a few days ago that Paul Fox of the Ruts has been diagnosed as terminally ill with the disease....
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Hank Medress

A few days ago, I went looking for Hank Medress’ phone number. I’d interviewed him last year for my book on the history of the New York music scene, at...
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Record Buying Habits Reinvented

As you’ve surely noticed, I haven’t been writing so much about music recently. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been enjoying it, or even that I haven’t been buying it. Over...
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Jesus Christ, it’s all Tommy’s fault

Sifting through a box of soundtrack CDs looking for some specific hits of the 50s, I came across the movie recording of Jesus Christ Superstar this past weekend and decided...
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The Right To Reunite?

I used to feel allergic to reunions. For each band I’d seen in its prime, I had an image in my mind and thought it worth protecting. Worse yet, I...
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The Unexpected Three-Day Weekend Top 10

1) The Jumpbeats at the High Falls Café: Ska-Zydeco party music from a band tht has the credentials: ex-Toasters, Shane McGowan’s Popes and sundry other NYC exiles. Particularly loved the...
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DVD Review: All The Old Dolls

New York Doll/All Dolled Up: A New York Dolls Story A pair of last minute substitutions were found for my missing MC5 documentary Wednesday night, when a group of us...
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