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There Are No Survivors? Speedball and the Mod Revival of 1979

It’s funny how things work out. I spent much of last year writing a first draft of an account of my teen years, a certain percentage of which I spent...
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I Witness: Powder Day

Yes, that is thigh-deep snow. Yes, this is the East Coast. Yes, that is Clair’s Way on Hunter Mountain with only one person on it. Yes, this was yesterday, a...
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All Hopped Up, Mambo Madness, Radio Radio and more…

“All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77” received a full page critique in the New York Times Book Review yesterday. Though Ben...
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Valentine’s Wines: A Nice Pair

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Never have been, not since I was a teenager in Britain and saw how some people – other people – got more...
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Cassette Container Treasure Trove

I went down to the basement on Monday to find some old photos. I found something better: a couple of containers full of old cassettes I thought had been lost...
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All Hopped Up and Ready To Go, Chapter 1

All Hopped Up and Ready to Go (Excerpt)...
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All Hopped Up… Chapter 4’s “mix tape” now online

Per the previous post, the people at 8tracks.com are continuing to upload full song “mix tapes” to accompany my new book All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from...
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All Hopped Up on radio, video, online…

The publicity machine for All Hopped Up and Ready To Go continues to roll on. Last night, I had great fun talking with Doug Doescher at CBS’s new chataboutit.com online...
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