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.
In today’s email we traveled back to the summer of 1951 when ditch weed grew wild in the empty lots of New York, and the authorities rounded it up and carted it away by the truckload. That story came to light when the archivists at Brooklyn Public Library digitized the Brooklyn Eagle, a daily newspaper […]
In the summer of 1951, New York City was consumed by two things: weed and who would face the Yankees in the ’51 World Series–the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Giants. Bobby Thomson was just weeks away from hitting the “Shot Heard Round the World” that would win the National League pennant for the […]
Fans who love their pop music served up with a dose of electronica and ’60s British influence should clear their calendars for the next couple weeks, because there are a number of great acts coming to town. First up is Brooklyn’s own Shy Hunters, who will be performing at Union Pool next week to mark […]
Thinking about ditching your monthly cable bill? Have a Roku, but wondering if there’s something better out there? With Amazon’s recent introduction of Fire TV, a little black box that allows you to stream video, listen to music and even play games, there are now enough players in the $99-device-that-will-free-you-from-cable market for it to become crowded and […]