by Legs McNeil - Arturo is busy making another pass with the squeegee over the latest model of the new Ramones logo, the one with the names of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy encircling an American Eagle that’s clutching a baseball bat in one talon and an apple tree branch in the other. It will become their most famous design ever.
When did rock n' roll get boring? The NY Dolls had it all. They dressed like a Susanne Somers workout tape on crack, they figured out that heavy bangs and layered hair can work well on guys, managed to get women hot while wearing heels, and played fun tunes to let your hair down to. Substance without style may be good on your record player, but what about the live show?
It was a tight squeeze for the Heartbreakers, L.A.M.F. show featuring original member Walter Lure, Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Clem Burke of Blondie and guest stars jumping on stage.
Johnny Thunders getting rough with Spaceley right before shredding on guitar at The Mudd Club in NYC. The club was located at 77 White Street in TriBeCa. This counterculture mecca was born in October of 1978 and housed many punk misfits of the underground scene until it's demise in 1983.
It's just another Tuesday night in the Tribeca area of New York City. As I enter The Roxy Hotel's toasty Django Bar, I see a room full of familiar faces. Littered across the intimate space were a gaggle of elite rockers known to swim in the same circles as the uninhibited downtown crowd. Rock photographer's Bob Gruen and Mick Rock, Andy Rourke of The Smiths, Bob Bert of Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus, David Johansen, Chris Franz of the Talking Heads, among other notables.
Legs McNeil will be reading Please Kill Me at Desert Island in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Thursday, Oct.13th at 7pm. Come out and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Please Kill Me by getting your book signed!
Brooklyn trio Big Cheese may have only begun in 2013, but they have resurrected the powerful and darkly introspective sound of '90s-era rock bands. Drummer Justin Iwinski cites Nirvana as a major influence ("Big Cheese" being a track off Nirvana's 1989 album Bleach), while songs off their second album, Supersonic Nothing, reflect the Stooges and the Melvins.
Powerful footage of the Stooges taken by NYC musician Ryan Skeleton Boy in November of 2003. The live set was performed at Tower Records and is riddled with funny commentary by Iggy on the sad state of music and his drug influenced lyrics.