In the late ’70s, rock ‘n’ roll took a turn for the worse as kids began writing songs using only three chords and safety-pinning everything in sight. This was more than just a bunch of bad guitarists in ripped clothes. It was a movement, and it was around this time that John Holmstrom, along with future Please Kill Me author Legs McNeil, created Punk magazine. Now the movement had a name and a publication that would profile artists like The Ramones, Television, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Johnny Thunders and even the Sex Pistols when they came to town. Holmstrom (who also did the art work for two Ramones’ albums) has put together a book compiling the best articles, interviews and behind the scenes info: The Best of Punk Magazine. Catch him this Friday at powerHouse Arena, along with some very special guests, presenting the book and discussing punk rock history. The $15 ticket price not only admits you, but can also be used toward the price of the book, which will be available. –J.H.
The end of summer is here, and while that means less daylight, cooler temps, and not being able to phone it in at work anymore, it’s also time to get excited for the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which returns to The Bell House and Union Hall for five nights starting September 18. Now in […]
In many ways, September always feels like the start of a new year. So much cultural programming kicks off come Labor Day that we found ourselves flush with fun things to look forward to over the next week and well into fall–make sure to look out for our September Fun Map in your inbox tomorrow. […]
As we mentioned last week, the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn is tomorrow, and for the past 106 years, part of the commemoration of this Revolutionary War skirmish, fought along the East River in Brooklyn Heights, has included a memorial service at the Prison Ship Martyrs monument in Fort Greene Park. I first learned […]
The borough-dominating team behind Brownstoner, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg is finally ready to open their hotly (and angrily) anticipated new venue in Crown Heights this Wednesday. The marquee element of their small-producer food incubator, Berg’n is an indoor-outdoor beer hall with tons of group seating, a 40-foot bar pouring local brews, food from four of Smorg’s […]