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Out There #6

A 70s punk rom-com — Pennebaker meets Depeche Mode — How a Boston Globe Reporter Tried to Reunite The Kinks and Ended Up With a Movie — Welcome to Jack White’s Temple to Vinyl — Remastering, Reflecting: Everything Still Turns to Gold — The music industry is full of pompous bores – and that’s just […]

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40 Years: 76-77

A hell of a haircut

Forty years ago today, on tour with the Clash, Richard Hell. I go into some detail about Malcolm McLaren’s attempt to bring Hell to London in 1975-ish in my Sex Pistols book (which is actually a book about Malcolm McLaren)  something that Richard Hell himself writes about in his excellent autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very […]

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Out There

Out There #5

Wim Wenders pictures the Kinks — Ray Davies on hipsters, Pete Townshend and why he fled Tony Blair’s Britain — Exile in Los Angeles — Nik Cohn: ‘I was right: the Stones, after the age of 30, didn’t create anything good’

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The Who smash it up

I recently found myself watching the infamous nightclub scene in Antonioni’s Blow-Up that features Jeff Beck smashing up his guitar during a Yardbirds’ performance. It turns out that the Yardbirds had not been Antonioni’s first choice to perform in this scene. He had already tried and failed to persuade The Who – whose debut singles […]

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News

Semi-Detached

‘The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached’ by Mark Doyle (expected 2018). Of all the great British rock bands of the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. The core members of the group grew up in what George Orwell once described as the “inner-outer suburbs” of North London, a safe, unexciting land […]

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Out There #4

Obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny — a list of car crash songs in case you are interested — Cameron Crowe’s script for Almost Famous aka ‘Untitled’ — David Dalton’s rumination on the Sex Pistols, punkgeist, rock theology and Sid

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The Passenger

‘Iggy Pop: The Passenger’  by Stephen Barber (expected 2017-18) will take an original approach to the fifty-year anti-career in music and noise of Iggy Pop – with its dominant preoccupations of ecstasy and nihilism, self-laceration and audience-confrontation, hedonism and death – and the ways in which it has inspired innumerable musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers and […]

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40 Years: 76-77

New Rose

22 Oct 1976. Release of ‘New Rose’ by the Damned on Stiff Records, the first UK punk single. Above image is of the front (left) and back (right) cover.     The Damned, signing with an indie label, were the fastest out of the blocks, even though they had only played their first gig supporting […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Clash …

09 Oct 1976. Tonight, the Clash in Leighton Buzzard at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, which – in the words of journalist Kris Needs – “was one of those council hangars better suited to bingo and comedians.” The Clash were actually the opening band for a local R&B outfit, The Rockets. The Clash were photographed here […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Metallic K.O.

25 SEPT. 1976. In UK record stores this very day – on import from France – was Metallic KO by Iggy and the Stooges. Compiled from concert tapes recorded in 1973 and ‘74, including part of the Stooges final ever performance – 09 February 1974 – in Detroit. With the sudden upsurge in punk in London […]