Leave it to Lou Reed. In the hours since the legendary Velvet Undergroun singer died in his Long Island home, at the age of 71 from apparent liver disease, the tributes have come pouring in. As far as influential figures in popular music go, they don't get much bigger, but it's hard to know just how ... More >>
Of all the legendary figures and over-the-top characters to come out of New York's '70s punk scene, there were few who were more influential than Richard Hell -- and probably none who were as mercurial. He was a founding member of three groundbreaking bands -- Television, the Heartbreakers, and his ... More >>
Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
It's a messy but funny spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jim DeRogatis began his writing career in high school in 1982, completing an assignment by interviewing another young-blooming music thinker: the brightly burned out, young, and probably canon Lester Bangs. Twenty-eight years later DeRogatis is a widely and justifiably respected critic and journa ... More >>
Fortunately, the French are already masters in the fine art of eye-rolling.
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Minnesota-born Paul Nelson was a '60s folk revival pioneer and a founding father of rock writing
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Solving the mysteries of race and culture with the writers of 'Ego Trip'
Before Pere Ubu, before the Dead Boys, there was Cleveland's Rocket From the Tombs
A snarky writer thinks he's America's greatest living punk
Chuck Klosterman wallows joyfully in cultural crap, while in the afterlife, Lester Bangs rises above it
What it's like to get all flushed over a record
It made less history than '77 punk. It sold fewer records than Nirvana. But the suburban rebellion of Eighties America found its own potent way to say no.
Barbara Sibley's all-encompassing love of music has inspired her to sacrifice her time, her blood, and a whole lot of shelf space. A look at record collecting as a metaphor for life--and life as a metaphor for record collecting.
From escapist entertainment to aesthetic ecstasy: Twenty-nine writers script valentines to twelve months of culture
Critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe defers to the talent in Almost Famous
Five skeptical spin doctors probe for local music's pulse -- a City Pages roundtable