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The Automaton and Popular Music

If time is money, evaluating today’s popular entertainments requires a certain currency of distraction. We live in an immediate era, and the logic of herd mentality can seem spun into perpetual disorientation. In a typical pop music video - for…

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Ten Recordings for a Deserted Island

I was recently asked to pick ten recordings that I would want to have with me while stranded on a deserted island. Personally, the thought of being stranded – on a deserted island no less - presumably with no rescue…
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Lou Reed - RIP

Lou Reed. RIP. One of the great rockers for sure, and a great writer. To my mind he was someone who gave thought and feeling to important things. He didn’t patronize the listener or suck up to crass business interests…
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Lester Bangs was a Frustrating Mess

Lester Bangs was a writer’s writer for Rock criticism. He was brash and unabashed; as colorful as his subject matter, his passion for culture was infectious. As a bonus, he could string together complete sentences, (not necessarily a pre-requisite for…
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MTV

MTV is awful in this day and age, but at one time I watched quite a bit of it – back in the silent commercial days. I was just a kid. My dad brought a box home one day to…
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Book Review: Commando – The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

Book Review: Commando – The autobiography of Johnny Ramone

Commando, released in early 2013, is a good read for anyone interested in the Ramones, Punk Rock and the music business in general. Johnny Ramone, (real name, John Cummings), is…