June 5, 2016
A Personal History of L.A. Punk By John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends Da Capo. 336 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Tom Wilk The music that emerged from the Los Angeles punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early '80s resisted easy categorization. The aggression of X, the thrash of Black Flag, the pop/rock sounds of the Go-Go's, and the roots-music dynamism of the Blasters reflected the variety of the musical landscape. It's an era skillfully recounted in Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends.
May 14, 2016
KIDS ECCO 11 a.m. Saturday, Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch , 1901 Vine St., free, 215-569-8080. Chamber music - it's not for adults anymore! The sensational conductorless string ensemble ECCO presents a free family concert , with not much different from their sold-out Friday night Philadelphia Chamber Music Society gig for adults at the Kimmel Center - except the 17 musicians will be interactive (i.e., they'll talk and answer questions about how they play)
March 1, 2016 |
There's a reason so many teenagers turn to punk music - it speaks to adolescence and to a very pointed, woke teenager, one who reveres antiestablishment politics or noncommercial art. And there's something pure in that, a resistance mentality that's too often lost on a ton of teens who buy in, wholesale, to a pop-culture landscape that values uncited pastiche, thoughtlessly co-opts standardized notions of beauty, and refuses to think for itself....
January 28, 2015 |
Marky Ramone wasn't an original member of the Ramones. But the drummer, born Marc Bell, was on board with the fast, furious, and mightily influential punk-rock band by its fourth album - the 1978 classic Road to Ruin . That began a 11/2-decade, black-leather-jacket run with the New York masters of breakneck minimalism, whom Spin magazine once voted the second greatest band of all time. Now, Marky is telling the band's story - as well as the tale of his own pre-Ramones years in the 1970s CBGB scene - in his memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone (Touchstone, $28)
June 13, 2014 |
YOU COULD compare Sweden's "We Are the Best!" to "School of Rock," except it's about a teen punk band, and there's no school of punk. No punk would build one, and no self-respecting punk would attend. On the other hand, punks might homeschool themselves, a fair description of what happens in this charming coming-of-age period piece (set in 1982), from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (who has a bit part here as the doofus manager of a rehearsal space, or maybe it's a supply closet)
May 17, 2014 |
'I'm in a Southern California punk band! Who would have thunk that?" So says Dimitri Coats, who led the Philly psychedelic hard-rock band Burning Brides in the early 2000s. Now, Coats is the guitarist in the punk rock supergroup Off! alongside singer Keith Morris, who was in an early incarnation of Black Flag in the late 1970s before forming the Circle Jerks; bassist Steven McDonald of Redd Kross; and drummer Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From the Crypt. Coats ended up with Morris by accident.
March 26, 2014 |
Rock clubs come. Rock clubs go. And memories of most of them are fleeting, gone in a haze of sex, drugs, and decibels. What, then, would anyone recall of a ratty Trenton punk venue called City Gardens that existed from the 1980s to the mid-'90s? Just about everything, if you ask Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico, authors of a newly self-published oral history, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes . Or filmmaker Steve Tozzi, who has documented the eccentrically edgy haunt in Riot on the Dance Floor . Or the countless musicians and hangers-on who contributed recollections.
February 8, 2013
THE CONCEPT of a Broadway musical scored with rock music is hardly a radical one. After all, "Hair" debuted when Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. But a punk-rock musical? Now that's a horse of a different decibel level. On the surface, punk seems like the genre least-suited to musical theater, having been forged in the mid-to-late-1970s as a response to safe, mass-market mainstream pop, whose own roots can be traced, in large part, to the Great White Way. Sonically, the two genres are worlds apart.
November 17, 2012
Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy . A documentary about an Appalachian farm where hard-core skating, punk rock, and hillbilly culture collide. (At Cinema 16:9 in Lansdowne. Q&A with the filmmakers and Skatopians after screenings Friday and Saturday nights.)
August 17, 2012 |
WARSAW, Poland - The controversial head of Russia's Orthodox Church arrived Thursday in Poland for a visit that has been hailed as a promising step in the thorny relationship between the two countries. But the historic visit could be overshadowed by the verdict in the case of punk rock provocateurs who stormed Moscow's main cathedral in an anti-Putin protest. Patriarch Kirill, who has made no secret of his strong support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, received a state welcome from Poland's Guard of Honor on arriving in Warsaw at the invitation of the country's Roman Catholic leaders.