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Johnny Marr’s pre-Smiths, post-punk influences: a YouTube playlist

One of the more interesting aspects of researching my Smiths biography was talking to Johnny Marr about the thriving post-punk scene of the very late 1970s and the very early...
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Eight Track Cartridges: A museum opens in Roxbury

During our family’s recent road trip across America, I made a point of visiting music museums, from Memphis to Kansas City to Cleveland. I hadn’t expected to return home to...
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The Greatest Ride of Our Lives Part 5: The Grand Canyon

As a writer, I’m understandably wary of the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But when it comes to the Grand Canyon… I was speechless. The photographs...
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The Smiths’ first recording: I Want A Boy For My Birthday

October 4 marked the 30th anniversary of the first ever Smiths gig, at the Ritz in Manchester, opening for Blue Rondo a La Turk. Dale Hibbert was on bass; Andy...
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The Greatest Ride of Our Lives Part 4: 1500 miles across America’s South

Part 3, Part 2, Part 1 Hard though it seems now to believe, but on a Tuesday afternoon this past August, on our family cross-country road trip, we were still...
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Jamming! on the South Bank

Pleased to see that an old issue of Jamming! is on display at the Someday All the Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984 Exhibition at the Hayward Center on London’s...
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Manchester (Post) Punk: A YouTube Playlist

In researching my biography, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths, I put together this 30-song playlist of Manchester punk and post-punk. These songs all...
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The Greatest Ride of Our Lives, Part 3: the Stax and National Civil Rights Museums

The great Fletcher family road trip of 2012 spent two days and nights in Memphis experiencing the ghosts of America’s music city in museum form. Following Monday at Graceland and...
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