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My Night with Nico

What does one say when Fellinni movie star, Warhol icon, former bedmate of Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, and Jackson Browne, and frontwoman of The Velvet Underground leaves the methadone clinic and walks in to your waitressing gig? Eminent rock scribe and guest contributor Holly George-Warren was still slinging hash when she crossed paths with the chanteuse/muse in late seventies Manhattan, but she did not let the opportunity pass her by. She asked politely, and Nico kindly gave her a rare interview. Continue reading

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In Defense of Disco

At its height, the “Disco Sucks” movement drew fifty-nine thousand people to a Chicago stadium to watch a shock jock explode LPs, inciting a full-on riot of mostly white dudes. WTF? Our Robert Burke Warren, who became enamored of disco in the lusty confines of a Catholic school broom closet, writes about the music that arrived at the same time as his teens, and how it inspired him. Continue reading

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Confessions of a Crybaby

Crying is good for you, but sometimes it’s hard to manage, especially when it’s intense and you’ve got stuff to do. Robert Burke Warren comes clean about being a crybaby, the good, the bad, and the redemptive. Continue reading

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Take A Sad Song and Make It Better

Though it seems long ago and far away, high summer in the post-Watergate Deep South did, in fact, exist. The Beatles were six years gone, but still potent enough to change the lives of kids and adults alike, almost as potent as a stoned girl answering her door clad only in a sheet. memoir from our own Robert Burke Warren. Continue reading

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Lo Fi Luv

Sometimes songs shine brightest under less-than-ideal sonic conditions. i.e. LO FI. Why is that? Robert Burke Warren has a few ideas, and some lo fi fare to share. No extra charge for authentic tape hiss. Continue reading

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We Wish You a Merry Sixmas

Was there ever a better Christmas mixtape than Merry Sixmas? Likely not. Our music editor Robert Burke Warren takes us back to the 80s, when a second-generation cassette mix made by a stranger named Eddie G opened up a whole new way of listening to and sharing music. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Scott Ian of Anthrax

Anthrax frontman and rock memoirist Scott Ian is definitely The Man, and he’s got The Stories. In advance of his rock and roll tell-all, still-going-strong Scott opens up to our own J.M. Blaine about time spent with Run DMC, Metallica, Public Enemy, and KISS, among others. Continue reading

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Rock & Roll Coffee: A Conversation with Anson Williams

SECOND GRADE. Every day after school I watch Happy Days reruns with my neighbor, Steffie Dougal. “Fonz is the coolest,” I tell her. “Not even,” she replies. “Fonzie’s always bragging and trying to act tough.” “Pff,” I scoff. “Who’s cooler … Continue reading

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50 Rock & Roll Songs That Increased My Word Power

Weeklings music editor Robert Burke Warren gets revved up like a deuce and reveals how time you spend “wasting” – i.e. listening to rock and roll – is not wasted time. Not at all. Readers Digest would be proud. Increase your own word power! Bismillah! Continue reading

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