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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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Mick Jones’ Rock & Roll Museum (and the rest of the Hall of Fame Annex)

By one of those beautiful, unplanned coincidences that form the narrative for my life, I found myself attending the relatively new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New...
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Tweets from NYC. Or… New York without a cell phone.

What are you doing, in 140 characters or less? Thursday, April 9, 6:50pm. I’m stuck the Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel, in a holiday period drive-from-hell where every bridge...
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Mick Jones: Rock & Roll Librarian

Not that I thought it was possible, but Mick Jones has gone up further in my estimation. Last Tuesday, while in London, I squeezed in a quick visit to ChelseaSpace,...
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