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JAMES MARSHALL’S TEN GREAT PUNK ROCK TV MOMENTS!!!

BY: JAMES MARSHALL

TEN GREAT PUNK ROCK TV MOMENTS

1) Kim Fowley on Tom Snyder:

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20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR: PHOTOS OF THE PLEASE KILL ME READING AT THE ACE HOTEL SHOREDITCH!

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Gillian McCain meets her fans at the Ace Hotel reading in Shoreditch last night. Good looking crowd!

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JAMES WILLIAMSON: THE PKM INTERVIEW!

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Photo © by Franklin Avery

By James Marshall

After nearly twenty years of being Please Kill Me’s bad guy, James Williamson finally wants to clear the air. I talked to him on the eve of the release of his first solo album Re/Licked.

Born in Castroville, Texas and raised in Detroit, he played in the early garage bands the Chosen Few [w/Scott Richardson] and the Coba Seas; joined the Stooges after Funhouse; co-wrote all the songs on Raw Power [and most of their post-Raw Power material] and was never asked to be interviewed by Legs and Gillian for Please Kill Me.

I spoke with James in September 2014
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THE STOOGES – PART 1!

The Three Chord Train to Hell: The Stooges - PART I by James Marshall

Some folks find their religion in church, me I found mine in the 99 cent record bin of a trashy southern Woolworth’s. On that fateful day in 1971, from that bin of unwanted vinyl, came the road map to my life– The Stooges and Funhouse, me all of twelve years of age. Other life changing discs too– Howlin’ Wolf’s Evil, the Flamin’ Groovies’ Flamingo and Teenage Head, I’m Jimmy Reed, The MC5’s Back In The USA, Little Walter’s Best Of and Hate To See You Go. Raw Power would eventually find its way there, although by then I’d already worn out two copies.

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FIFTY FOTOS FOUND BY GILLIAN MCCAIN AND JAMES MARSHALL!

BY: JOE BONOMO via No Such Thing As Was

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A found photograph contracts and at the same time expands, confined to the moment of its composition while possible narratives endlessly play out in our imagination. That’s the fun: to end up accidentally in someone’s home and be allowed to speculate as an outsider, to create fictions, to fill in the blanks. Finding a photo of strangers, who are sometimes in strange positions doing strange things, reminds us that history is never simply the background against which things occur; history provides the tableaux within which people live and act as products, as well as producers, of history. We look at a found photograph from an older era and, if there’s no date-stamp, make plot-line guesses based on hairstyle, clothes, color of the shag carpet, shagginess of the shag carpet, the make of the car out the window in the driveway. Who’s President?, we wonder. What’s on Top 40? How have the people been shaped by history? Do they fit in to their times, or do they rebel? One can speculate wildly, but all speculation is tethered to the very real — and, in its own modest way, historic — stuff in the photo. The figures in found photos are redolent of an era because they’re living it, right there in front of us, their anonymity endlessly curious.

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The Stooges – Part II

We Will Fall: The Death and Rise of The Stooges… by James Marshall

Death, its the greatest career move of them all. Ask Elvis, or Jacko. But Iggy did ‘em one better; he’s the only rock star to live through his own death. But I digress…

By the winter of ’74 The Stooges were gone; going out in a blaze of defiance as captured by the posthumously released live document Metallic KO. It seemed their tiny following had taken upon themselves to spread the gospel. Stooges fan clubs popped up in California, Paris and Germany. Fanzines with names like Back Door Man and Denim Delinquent reported on their final shows and current activities (I too joined the ranks of self-publishers naming my zine after Ron Asheton’s first post-Stooges band—New Order). Continue reading The Stooges – Part II

JIM “THE HOUND” MARSHALL PLAYLIST! (Stupefaction)

 Jim “The Hound” Marshall (left) and Hank Ballard at The Lone Star Cafe, NYC, 1987. Photo by Teresa McNeil.

This week I’m honored to present the Stupefied playlist from the very influential Jim “The Hound” Marshall. If you’re looking for some fun, raw & rockin’ tunes, this would be a great place to start. When I asked Jim what I could plug for him, all he wanted was for folks to check out his three-part history of the Stooges (highly recommended) over at Please Kill Me. Also, of course, there’s his blog, The Hound Blog. It hasn’t been active in a while, but there’s plenty of interesting reading there, plus a ton more tunes along the lines of what’s here.

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BOOK REPORT #1 BY JAMES “THE HOUND” MARSHALL

Johnny’s First Cigarette by Nick Tosches

illustrated by Lisa Marie-Moyen
French translation by Heloise Esquie
Vagabonde, 2014

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This book arrived with a note from its author: “The perfect Christmas gift from Old Nick for all those gluten-conscious cell-phone mommies and their fat little screaming Ritalin-brained spawn.”

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