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Thursday, November 8 2001

25 Up: Punk’s Silver Jubilee: So Tough: The Boy Behind the Sid Vicious Myth

The punk rock version of James Dean, Vicious solidified his fame by dying young, leaving behind memories of his notorious behavior and the mystery of girlfriend Nancy Spungen's murder. Although he contributed little to punk music, Vicious remains its most famous name, and his cult has only grown.


Friday, November 2 2001

25 Up: Punk’s Silver Jubilee: Atypical Girls

Punk produced a larger number of influential female artists than most any other pop movement [but] most female punk artists either denied their feminism or avoided the issue altogether. The result was one of punk's greatest contradictions: While playing music without a blatant feminist agenda, female artists made real inroads in the male-dominated music world.


Thursday, October 25 2001

25 Up: Punk’s Silver Jubilee: “Are You Taking Over Or Are You Taking Orders?”: Some Thoughts About T

The Clash got into music not because they wanted the publicity, or wanted to be down with the scene, or because they wanted to get laid. They did it because they had no choice. They loved rock and roll too much not to try and save its life.


Thursday, October 18 2001

25 Up: Punk’s Silver Jubilee: So bored with the USA?: reflections on a transatlantic divide

On their first album, in 1977, the Clash included the track 'I'm So Bored with the USA'. It was a sweeping rant. But with which USA were the band so bored? Was it the Velvet Underground or Iggy Pop? Unlikely. Was it US television, was it US militarism? More probable. Was it more to do with the Clash resenting the idea of latterday American imperialism and, by extension, a suggestion that that very imperialism might be claiming this simmering sub-cultural volcano as its own? Quite possible. Or was it something else?


Thursday, October 11 2001

Is There Nothing Left?

The hard reality is that U2 is over. As good as 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' is at showcasing the best of the band's traditions, there is no good place to go from here.


Friday, September 28 2001

Ghetto Love: Talking about Dave Hollister and Jaheim

What makes singers Dave Hollister and Jaheim so refreshing is that while they are street-slick they are also vulnerable and accessible. While iced-out rap artists stack women like chips but eschew closeness, most R&B superstars romance models in exotic locales free from everyday concerns. In contrast, Dave Hollister and Jaheim have the personas of guys from around the way who made good telling stories for and about average Black folks.


Adventures in Dust: A Journal of the 2001 Burning Man Festival

What follows is less a review than a personal narrative. Maybe a journalistic recap of Burning Man is possible, but to me it misses the point. It's a participatory event, and everyone's experience of it is extremely different.


Thursday, September 27 2001

Tears, Fears, and Mariah Carey

A Tribute to Heroes', why I was glad to see that she looked less frazzled than I expected.


Friday, September 21 2001

Eddie Kramer Reminisces about the American Chap with the Big Hair

He crawled out from under the avalanche of Hendrix tapes he is continually working with to chat with PopMatters about the latest Jimi Hendrix release, 'Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection'.


Monday, September 10 2001

It goes on and on and on

Criticism is product too, absorbed and deployed by the machine, as a sign of genius and innovation (like Cobain or Biggie Smalls), and also as a product to be sold, to be sucked back into the ever-envelope-pushing machine. Aaliyah is part of it, yes.


Thursday, September 6 2001

Genius of Cool: Dan Hicks and the Post-Ego Trip

Dan Hicks is to music what Philip K. Dick is to Sci Fi, what R. Crumb is to comics, what The Dude is to bowling: a true original in a world of copies.


The Dan Hicks Interview

Dan Hicks is to music what Philip K. Dick is to Sci Fi, what R. Crumb is to comics, what The Dude is to bowling: a true original in a world of copies.


Tuesday, July 10 2001

Is There a Gangsta Double Standard?

-- I personally have no problem saying that 'The Sopranos' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP' are masterpieces. I am simply waiting (maybe in vain) for media critics to acknowledge the creative genius of Black rap 'gangstas.'


Thursday, June 28 2001

The Naked Apes: An Interview with the Gorillaz

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn's (Blur) idea for a thoroughly manufactured, animated and performing (in the classic sense) antidotal pop group has now bubbled up through the mucky soup of today's mediocre pop landscape and staked out its own pristine territory.


Thursday, June 21 2001

Robert Johnson and the Art of Jimi Hendrix

In his attempt to reconcile his blues heritage with his pioneering psychedelic rock, Hendrix created an unbelievable recording that defies any categorization. Like Johnson, his accomplishment was singular.


Wednesday, May 23 2001

Forever Older, Forever Wiser? Dylan Hits 60

Bob Dylan has resisted the fatal demons that came to haunt so many of his contemporaries. On May 24th, 2001, that giant of the Sixties reaches 60 himself.


Friday, May 11 2001

Recovering the Memory of Pop: Radiohead’s ‘Amnesiac’

Since 1997's 'OK Computer', Radiohead have been crafting a horrific vision of modern life in an age of technological global capitalism. Theirs has been the voice of the embattled idealist, desperately hanging on to the shards of authentic identity left to an individual in a world of money and commerce, corporations and conglomerates. The hell of 'Amnesiac' is the fear of becoming just another cog in the corporate machine.


Thursday, April 26 2001

Joey Ramone 1951-2001

To paraphrase Griel Marcus, punk takes on many forms, and exists in a multitude of moments. In the days After Joey, let us let this be.


(Your Name Here) Is a Punk Rocker: A Tribute to Joey Ramone

I love the Ramones -- I have for half my life. But what moved me most on hearing the news was my long-overdue realization that Joey Ramone was a hero to me. I generally avoid using autobiography as a way to comment upon culture, but I can't resist the impulse in this case. Joey's death made me realize how he, the Ramones, and punk rock, saved my life, not once but twice. I can't help but believe that he did the same for many others.


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