Category Archives: Punk

Remembering Pete Shelley

In 1975 Pete Shelley (real name Peter Campbell McNeish) and Howard Devoto (real name Howard Trafford) decide to start a band and chance upon a headline: “It’s The Buzz, Cock!” And, Buzzcocks were born. In 1977 Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their independent label, New Hormones. When Devoto left the band in February 1977, Shelley took over as the lead vocalist

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Dr. Bass Explains His Passion

“It’s just like rock ’n’ roll, it’s all about life and love!” Proclaims Dr. James Bass, explaining his passion, Choral Music. The esteemed Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, becomes animated, gesticulating with a conductor’s panache as he leans into the

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Roadie + Junkie + Robber = Author

During punk rock’s heyday Patrick O’Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco’s premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the road manager for Dead Kennedys and Flipper, as well as the Subhumans and T.S.O.L. But that was before his life got totally out of control. O’Neil was a heroin addict for eighteen years, incarcerated for two anda half years, went

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From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot

In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, “Protest Music” from: Public Enemy | 3 Phase Featuring Dr Motte | Spiral Tribe | Boney M | Replikas | Pussy Riot | Kendrick Lamar Yes, Boney M are included in the list of “Protest Music”! Find out why and how when we talk with Matthew Collin about his new book, Pop Grenade: From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot – Dispatches from Musical Frontlines. We asked Matthew, “Where have all the protest

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Wreckless Eric, Peter James & Syd Matters

“Any fool can have ideas. It’s what you do with them that matters. Ian Dury gave me that gem of advice”. In Part Two of Norman B’s exclusive interview with Wreckless Eric, the man who penned Whole Wide World recalls his early days of being thrust into the limelight and discovering not everyone had an appreciation of culture, like he did. Eric was surprised by the deliberate reverse

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