Beatdom #7 on Kindle
Mar03

Beatdom #7 on Kindle

One of our most successful issues of Beatdom was the 7th, released way back in 2010. This was the music-themed issue, and contained some wonderful essays about the influence of music on the Beats, and the influence of the Beats on music. (You can read more in our archives.) Beatdom #7 has long been out of print, but fear not – it’s back to life on Kindle! That’s right, since Beatdom #10 we have been using Kindle to...

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Summer Bop 2013
Jul28

Summer Bop 2013

“All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know Bop.” — Dizzy Gillespiei Jack Kerouac, jazz enthusiast extraordinaire, was inspired by and promoted jazz in his writing. He breathed jazz in prose and poetry. Allen Ginsberg called it “spontaneous bop prosody.” Ann Charters wrote in Kerouac: A Biography he “identified more with musical geniuses like Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan and...

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Dick in Dixie: Hank Williams III
Nov14

Dick in Dixie: Hank Williams III

interview by Michael Hendrick   They say that I’m ill-mannered, that I’m gonna self-destruct, But if you know what I’m thinkin’ you’ll know that pop country really sucks. Well, we’re losing all the outlaws that had to stand their ground and they’re being replaced by these kids from a manufactured town And they don’t have no idea about sorrow and woe ‘Cause they’re all...

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A Few Words From Patti Smith On Writing and Beats
Aug11

A Few Words From Patti Smith On Writing and Beats

On May 15, Patti Smith told us about her new record, Banga, and some of the source for the title track’s inspiration, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. We have been listening to the new music a lot, enjoying it immensely, and looking forward to seeing Patti perform on tour with Neil Young this fall. On the recording, she does a very nice version of Young’s “After The Gold Rush.” At interview...

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The Wild, Weird, Wacked, Warped, Whimsical Wonder of Waylon Bacon!
Jul04

The Wild, Weird, Wacked, Warped, Whimsical Wonder of Waylon Bacon!

The creation is almost done. He makes a few adjustments to his equipment, then fiddles with some gadgets. The air is static and the storm rages. Sparks fly and the energy is frightening. Ygor hides in the shadows, watching him and giggling maniacally at what is about to be set loose upon the unsuspecting world. Sweat rolls down his forehead, what appears to be a grimace is suddenly changed to a smile as the corners of his mouth turn,...

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Forever Stung
Jul03

Forever Stung

By  Michael Hendrick Illustration by Waylon Bacon A spate of Christian/spiritual music washed over the AM/FM airwaves in the early-1970s. Jesus Christ Superstar primed the pump, and Norman Greenbaum had made spirituality a Top Ten hit the year before with his rocking Spirit In the Sky. In Eighth Grade,  my eighth year of going to the Holy Mass six days a week, a progressive nun from Philadelphia mimeographed lyrics to these and other...

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Gabba Gabba Beat…Richie Ramone Talks to Beatdom!

Richie Ramone is Back: An Interview with Michael Hendrick (from Beatdom #11 – available on Amazon, Kindle, and at the Beatdom Bookstore) In rock and roll there is a rarefied pantheon populated by a select number of bands who make us feel, who speak to Everyman, who splay the grizzled guts of the emotional, romantic, workaday routines of our lives into powerful melodies which touch and motivate us. Many bands exist in the...

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Why Bob Dylan Was Wrong About Lenny Bruce
Dec26

Why Bob Dylan Was Wrong About Lenny Bruce

We do not hear much about Lenny Bruce lately but if you look at the new Beatdom 10, The Religion Issue, you will see some new information about the man who changed the face of comedy in America and around the world.  Next time you laugh at an old George Carlin clip or laugh at Lewis Black or Sarah Silverman, you ought to thank Lenny for opening the door for them A lot of Bob Dylan fans know his song, “Lenny Bruce”  from...

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