Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn
Jun14

Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 By James Lough   New York’s Chelsea Hotel has a special place in American culture. It has surely been a home, or a home-away-from-home, to more influential artists than any other building in the nation. To list the famous names in American art and literature that have stayed there would require more words than can be devoted to one book review, and would serve...

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Big Punk
Jun05

Big Punk

“Punk: Chaos to Couture” Costume Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (The exhibit runs until August 14, 2013.) “…I, Jackie Duluoz,…big punk…” Doctor Sax Punk was anti-fashion, so the notion of punk couture is absurd. Punk was one of those labels such as “beatnik” that those from within didn’t like. (Yes, Legs McNeil the founder of Punk coined the term, but who went around referring to himself as a punk or...

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Noise Poetry: An Interview with Thurston Moore
Oct10

Noise Poetry: An Interview with Thurston Moore

As an MFA fiction student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University (one of the longest, most consistently-made-fun-of school names ever), I was fortunate enough to be brought face-to-face with some of the most legendary members of the American cultural underground of the past 50 years. Since the Kerouac School was founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974, we have operated in a lineage outside...

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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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Patti Smith and the Beats
Aug24

Patti Smith and the Beats

by Michael Hendrick “A hipster goes into a diner. ‘What kind of pie do you have?’ he asks. The waitress says, ‘The pie is gone.’ ‘Cool,’ says the hipster. ‘In that case, I’ll have two slices.’” -          Patti Smith, Philadelphia, 2003. We are a Generation of Beats. This Generation has more longevity than any other generation to date. I am 53 years old. I know Beats who are 20-something and the beginning of the movement was 60 years...

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Come Join Uncle Sam’s Band
Aug23

Come Join Uncle Sam’s Band

by James D. Irwin It’s about ten past four on a Sunday afternoon. I feel like I’ve been beaten up; there is pain… bruises… cuts… none of them I can explain with any certainty. I think I have whiplash. I feel dead and decaying on the inside and all I’ve eaten is an apples, washed down with a few cups of coffee— the diet Christian Bale undertook for his role in The Machinist. I could be doing this in better, more appropriate...

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