A LETTER FROM IGGY POP! (LETTERS OF NOTE)

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It took nine months for Iggy Pop to reply to then-21-year-old Laurence’s fan letter, but really the timing couldn’t have been more perfect as on the morning his thoughtful note did arrive at her home in Paris, Laurence’s family were being evicted by bailiffs. Laurence recalls that moment back in 1995:

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INTERVIEW WITH DAMIEN ECHOLS OF THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE! (VICE)

BY DANIEL DYLAN WRAY VIA VICE

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Damien Echols awaits trial, 1993. Photo by Joe Berlinger. From ‘Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.’ All rights reserved.

If you’re familiar with the case of the West Memphis Three, you’ll be aware that attempting to condense the complexity, length, and injustice of it all into a few paragraphs is near impossible. If you’re unfamiliar with it, then watching the excellent Paradise Lost trilogy of documentaries—as well as Amy Berg’s equally fantastic West of Memphis—serves as a good introduction to this astonishing story.

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IAN CURTIS’ HOME SOLD, MAY BE TURNED INTO A MUSEUM! (PITCHFORK)

BY JEREMY GORDON VIA PITCHFORK

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“The Joy Division legacy deserves to be taken into the 21st century, to raise awareness into one of the most seminal bands in the history of contemporary music.”

Earlier this year, a Joy Division fan launched an an Indiegogo campaign to purchase the home in Macclesfield, England where Ian Curtis committed suicide, with the hopes of turning it into a museum. The Indiegogo campaign only raised a fraction of the requested funding. However, the home has been purchased by another fan, as the NME reports. Hadar Goldman, who’s described as a “musician and an entrepreneur” by NME, purchased the home for its £115,000 listing price, plus £75,000 in assorted fees.

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A BIZARRE COLLEGE-AGE FAN CLUB THAT WORSHIPS PUTIN! (FLAVORWIRE)

BY ALISON NASTASI VIA FLAVORWIRE

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Most Americans seem to know Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, from the controversial, anti-Putin Pussy Riot protests and the many GIFs that mock his absurd attempts at establishing a hyper-masculine image in the media. But there is a segment of the Russian population that idolizes the political figure, including a group of teens and 20-somethings who look at Putin as a kind of pinup.

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EARLY 80’S INTERVIEW WITH JOEY RAMONE!

BY JOY WILLIAMS VIA JOYZINE

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Joey Ramone, Ronnie Spector and Keith Richards Photo by Bob Gruen

We went to England and were attracting all this royalty and all the people who would later become The Sex Pistols… They told us they formed their bands after hearing our album. When we left England, the whole British punk scene kicked off.”

–Joey Ramone

Johnny (Cummings; guitar), Joey (Jeff Hyman; vocals), Dee Dee (Douglas Colvin; bass) and Tommy (Erdelyi; drums) forged the Ramones in 1974. Adopting the common surname—Ramone was a pseudonym used by Paul McCartney—these four misfits from Queens, New York were the advance troops of a revolution: their purpose was to bring the primal energy back to rock’n’roll, to recapture the spirit of early Elvis and Little Richard, and, above all, to make it fun again. They shouted out a call to arms, and the rallying cry—’Hey ho, let’s go’—started a movement which changed the course of rock.

–from Rock: The Rough Guide

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DRAG QUEENS AT RUPAUL’S FIRST-EVER DRAG CON! (VICE)

PHOTOS: MICHELLE GROSKOPF – VIA VICE

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RuPaul wants each of us to know that we are “God’s gift to the universe.” This was reiterated over and over in his keynote speech to a packed auditorium this weekend at the first-ever DragCon in Los Angeles. Decked out in glitter, glamor, and more than one disco ball, DragCon sent a message about self-love, regardless of size or shape, color, or gender.

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ROCK STARS WEARING GRANNY TAKES A TRIP!

BY AMY HABEN with an afterword by GILLIAN MCCAIN

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In the mid-1960s,  the expert tailor Freddie Hornik worked at Dandie Fashions in London, which was owned by multiple business partners that included Guinness heir, Tara Browne. They sold Saville-Row quality mod-like suits to fit the average lanky, shaggy haired patrons that had naturally skinny figures due to the WWII food rations they suffered through while growing up. They made sure to peg the end of the pants to accommodate the beatle boots which usually worn. Musicians from all over England flocked to the boutique.The Beatles ended up investing in the firm in 1968 and for a short while it became menswear supplier Apple Tailoring. Surprisingly, their venture closed after a few months. In 1969, Hornik took over the King’s Road boutique Granny Takes a Trip with Gene Krell and Marty Breslau.

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LOVE AND ROCKETS: LIVE IN LONDON – ’87!

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David J, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins formed Love And Rockets after their band, Bauhaus, disbanded in 1985, turning their dark sensibilities towards a pop style. “So Alive,” is one of the sexiest, albeit mainstream pop songs that they created. Tones On Tail was my favorite of Daniel Ash’s bands, and Ash agrees with me. But picking a best out of Bauhaus, Love And Rockets, and Tones On Tail is not easy. Watch a rare video of Love and Rockets performing live in London in 1987.

-Amy Haben

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TRAILER FOR NEW AMY WINEHOUSE FILM!

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BY AMY HABEN

Back To Black is an fantastic album chock full of heartbreak.  Amy’s unique and stunning voice has a tough girl edge that is intoxicating. Her father turned her on to Frank Sinatra as a youngster, and he was her favorite singer ever since (she named her first album Frank in tribute). Amy Winehouse rocked the largest beehive hairdo around, and along with her extreme cat eye liner, tattoos and Marilyn piercing above her lip she forged a new style. Unfortunately her frail figure and drug addiction made her fodder for the British tabloids.  I think everyone saw Amy Winehouse’s demise on the horizon. It’s tragic that her personal life overshadowed her talent as she is, in my opinion, one of the greatest singer songwriters of her time.

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YOU CAN’T GET A SUNTAN ON THE MOON: GOTHS AT THE BEACH!

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It can be quite painful for a goth to grow up in a beach town. Walking through the tanned, blond, fit throngs can be an exercise in restraint as bros sling insults your way. While you are trying to understand why they all want to look so boring in their quicksilver shirts and mandals, you finally find the perfect spot on the sand away from radios blasting 311, Sublime, and Rage Against The Machine. “Look at the ghosts!” a Fred Durst lookalike exclaims. We feel no need to apologize for our pale skin; at least we aren’t in danger of melanoma and aging prematurally. Why couldn’t we have been born in London or Berlin? Someday we will escape this place, but for now here are some photos of my brethern.

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