“I was one of the first people to say ‘I don’t go above 14th Street.’ It was just an observation. Downtown was a tapestry of art and criminality,” says Penny Arcade, performance artist, poet and Andy Warhol muse.
Derek Jarman’s Jubilee is the most overtly political punk film ever made, but the reasons for watching it are largely musical. Brian Eno did the score, and there are performances from The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Wayne (later known as Jayne) County, and Adam and the Ants interspersed amid the future-dystopia-meets-historical-fiction chaos. At times, the plot is hard to follow, but it all boils down to a late-‘70s British punk satire in which total anarchy is achieved, the caste system is dismantled by sex-crazed punk criminals, and an incognito Queen Elizabeth I is transported forward in time to witness it all. — Jillian Mapes
Among the attractions at the ill-fated Rock n Roll Expo ’75 was journalist Hunter S. Thompson, seen here in a scene from the documentary “Gonzo.” (Maryland Film Festival)
From behind the wheel of his Galaxie 500, Gary Groth could just make out the glowing ember moving up and down in the shadows of the hotel stairwell — up, down, up, down — like a miniature sun gripped between the teeth of a clench-jawed, speed-addled giant. “Hunter!” Gary called. “Hunter!”
Punk’s high priestess on poetry, pot and psychedelia In this special feature we delve back into the archives to February 2009’s Uncut (Take 141), in which Patti Smith answers your questions (and those from famous fans) on channelling Rimbaud, smoking pot with the Rastafarians and My Bloody Valentine… Interview by John Lewis
The new documentary Amy points fingers at several people close to the soul singer as culprits in her death. We ask director Asif Kapadia: Who is really to blame? It’s the unfortunate circumstance of the legacy of Amy Winehouse: The death may be more famous than the life. Amy, the new documentary from filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna), intimately revisits that life—the God-given talent and incandescent soul—as a crucial reminder of just how tragic the hard-living star’s very public battle, and at times even embrace, of addiction was.
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Photograph by James Jowers, 1968
Music is one of humanity’s oldest and strongest forms of social glue, yet our collective memory has retained precious little of music’s communal history outside the Western tradition and before the days of rock concerts. Collected here are some fascinating archival images of music-making from around the world and across time, culled from several excellent Flickr sets compiled by musician Sam Bennett.
The Furors video for “Hey Joni” from 1983!
Video by Mark Mulcahy for the 1983 RedSpot Christmas Special on Public Access TV in New Haven.
Our pal, actor Curtis Armstrong, lays down the details of Harry Nilsson’s impressive career and makes a pledge for his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we agree! I mean the guy deserves it for ‘Jump Into The Fire’ alone!
The Sex Pistols performing on July 4th, 1976 at Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Photo: Getty
The Sex Pistols June 4th gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester was the catalyst for the Manchester Post-Punk movement—and an one of the most pivotal events in music history.