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Thursday, December 26 2002

The Most Effective Weapon

Not all that useful, ultimately, to talk about the importance of Joe Strummer in my life, because that only applies to me and my junior high and high school friends. I've actually done this before, written about how the Clash politicized us, made us care about US foreign intervention and issues of culture and class (funny how close "class" and "clash" always were), introduced us to dub and re-framed rockabilly so it sounded cool instead of corny -- but somehow none of that means much of anything right now.


Less Rotten than reasonable: Joe Strummer and my punk Damascus

Although I saw Joe Strummer in action many times, I only met him once and, embarrassingly, confused him with someone else. In early autumn 1976, as term at Sheffield University unfolded, news of the arrival of the most talked about gig of the year filtered through the underground grapevine. The Anarchy in the UK tour, bringing the nascent fury of British punk to the nation, wended its uncertain way through the country, uncertain, because where-ever the entourage set up camp, there was imminent danger of the local council denying the potential hell-raisers a performing licence.


Why The Clash Still Matter

As famous as he got, Joe Strummer never forgot what it was like to be on the other side of the stage. He never forgot what it was like to love a band with all your heart and soul. He never forgot about the transcendent power that all the best bands are capable of, and of the tremendous responsibility that comes with that kind of power.


Stay Free: A Tribute to Joe Strummer

The music of Joe Strummer and the Clash were an integral part of the soundtrack of my high school and college years. Strummer's death represents the disappearance of an important and substantial part of my musical past as well as the loss of one of rock music's truly poetic voices.


Axl Uses His Disillusion

Axl must realize that he no longer comes off as the dangerous and volatile bad boy of rock, but rather the immature and irresponsible poster boy for middle age ego and disillusionment.


Tuesday, December 24 2002

Ten Reasons Why American Culture Didn’t Suck in 2002 . . . And Ten Reasons Why It Did

Here's 20 watershed moments of the past year whose impact will most likely be felt long after Dick Clark's balls drop on New York City and Los Angeles.


Ten Reasons Why American Culture Didn’t Suck in 2002 . . . And Ten Reasons Why It Did

Here's 20 watershed moments of the past year whose impact will most likely be felt long after Dick Clark's balls drop on New York City and Los Angeles.


Tuesday, December 17 2002

Bands on the Run: The Best and Worst Tours of 2002

Who stole the show in 2002 - and who should have had the mic stolen from them? PopMatters concert critics give their choices for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2002 live season.


Monday, December 16 2002

Bands on the Run: The Best and Worst Tours of 2002

Who stole the show in 2002 - and who should have had the mic stolen from them? PopMatters concert critics give their choices for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2002 live season.


Bands on the Run: The Best and Worst Tours of 2002

Who stole the show in 2002 - and who should have had the mic stolen from them? PopMatters concert critics give their choices for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2002 live season.


Best Music of 2002: Sarah Zupko

1. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice)I’ve been saying it all year and nothing has changed my opinion: Original Pirate Material is the best


Best Music of 2002: Nikki Tranter

Nikki’s Top Ten Car Radio Singles of the Year I don’t listen to the radio at home, and haven’t for a number


Best Music of 2002: Jason Thompson

Last year around this time, I was sweating out my end of the year best-of list. There had just been so many albums released on


Best Music of 2002: Michael Stone

Music for Rootless Cosmopolitans, 2002 Listener discretion? You decide. Ten sound-worthy 2002 releases in alphabetical order, plus a bonus, five choice compilations and reissues. Banda Ionica, Matri


Best Music of 2002: Jeremy Schneyer

1. Knievel - Name Rings a Bell that Drowns Out Your Voice (In Music We Trust)The most sublime, beautiful, subtle (not to mention best) album


Best Music of 2002: Patrick Schabe

Before I begin, I’d just like to put out a little qualifying statement. Every year, the same question gets asked in the entertainment writers


Best Music of 2002: Terry Sawyer

Princess Superstar, Is (Rapster)It’s absolutely criminal that Princess Superstar hasn’t completely conquered the globe with her peerless mic majesty. No matter what


Best Music of 2002: Devon Powers

1. Gary Wilson—You Think You Really Know Me (Motel)You Think You Really Know Me is like a piece of dirty gossip: it’s in


Best Music of 2002: Ryan Potts

1. Liars, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Mute/Blast First)Yeah, so this record was technically released last


Best Music of 2002: Mark Anthony Neal

Gettin’ Grown, A New-Black Mix-Tape and the Loveland Sessions: 2002 Year-End Review Cee-Lo: Sermon from the Church of NewBlacknessImagine a hybrid of Rev. Al Green, Bobby


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