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Who Shot Rock & Roll

Making the most of my time back in the Old Borough, I spent a considerable chunk of last Friday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, specifically checking out its new...
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All Hopped Up Music and Maps: Chapter 3

This playlist – The Harlem Hit Parade – accompanies Chapter 3 of All Hopped Up and Ready To Go, and deals with the birth of a new form of vocal...
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All Hopped Up And Ready To Go: An Introduction

I was halfway through my first two-hour interview with the guitarist, producer, songwriter, journalist, and author Lenny Kaye, about as educated and enthusiastic a student and participant of the New...
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Book Review: The Last Mad Surge of Youth by Mark Hodkinson

I’ve been writing (for a long-term project) a lot about the late 70s and early 80s of late, that incredibly fertile period that has become known historically as “post-punk.” (At...
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Summer Hitlist

We’re away on a sort of vacation for the rest of the week. Going no further than the Jersey Shore where we’ll have the mother-in-law’s empty house before it’s officially...
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R.E.M.’s Reckoning re-issued; Basement Jaxx say “play with it”

“Conventional wisdom has it that second albums pose a problem, especially for those acts whose debut releases have enjoyed unanticipated success. But R.E.M. were never much concerned with following convention,...
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Loud Fast Jews

Last week I attended an event at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan entitled Loud Fast Jews. Up on stage together were Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein...
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Spring Fever

As everyone on the east coast is no doubt aware, the sun is shining and we are in for a GLORIOUS weekend. (We’re looking at temperatures in the mid-80s here...
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