Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ellen Willis (1941-2006)

Funeral for Ellen Willis
Sunday, November 12 at 11:45 a.m
Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 362-6600

Monday, October 23, 2006

Five Years On----Reflections of 9/11

In the most recent issue of “First of the Month” writers and readers - Hans Koning, Russell Jacoby, Paul Berman, Donna Gaines, Scott Spencer, Carolyn Nordstrom, Bill Ayers, Fredric Smoler, Eric Lott, Charles O’Brien, Paula Friedman, Leroy Searle, Benjamin Kessler – look back on 9/11.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Last Song---Patti Smith @ CBGB's 10/15/06

CBGB'S Video of "Elegie", Patti Smith performing the final song to ever be performed at CBGB's. She thanked Hilly and read the names of our dead, observing "33 years--that's the same age as Jesus." Lenny Kaye played the last note and it was finished.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Continental--The Resurrection

According to owner Trigger, after fifteen years of live music, next week the Continental will resurrect itself as "a dive bar with cheap drinks, a killer jukebox and a pool table---same place, same name, same staff."

An Acoustic Sunday Nights series is also planned. Lest we forget the great punk clubs of the 1970's began as old man bars, biker holes and divy gin joints hijacked for rock purposes by the young and restless. From the seeds of seediness, punk venues are born. Onward and upward we go, back to the future, back to the Continental (again).


Sunday, July 23, 2006

A Misfit's Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart

In Spring 2007, Rutgers University Press will publish the scholarly paperback edition of A MISFIT'S MANIFESTO: THE SOCIOLOGICAL MEMOIR OF A ROCK & ROLL HEART. The paperback will be available for academic adoption and trade readerships. Below, Donna Gaines, with RUP Social Science/Religion Acquisitions Editor, Adi Hovav, in NYC.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Blackfire at Continental--Free Show Tuesday 7/18

Fresh from Warped the Ramones favorite Navaho punks will play a free show on Tuesday at Continental, 25 Third Avenue at St. Marks. CJ discovered them, Joey produced them and we love them!!! 9:30 showtime.

For more information about the band go to their website.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Father Thomas Keating

One of the three Trappist monks who distilled Centering Prayer from the Christian contemplative heritage, Father Keating addresses contemplation, right attention (to what we are doing) and intention (to why we are doing it). For anyone seeking to quiet the mind and allow the silence of God (meditation), hearing Father Keating is a breathtaking experience. Sunday May 21 2pm-4 pm at St Bart's Church, Park Avenue at East 51st, NYC. http://www.stbarts.org/.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Introducing a new form of alternative worship at St. Bart's Church that blends ancient Christian liturgy with modern urban expression. The iconic imagery, ambient music and sacred prayer of Emerge will create an experience to awaken your senses and meet you in your daily celebrations and struggles. Come be a part of Emerge every Sunday at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 212.378.0222 or go to http://www.stbarts.org/
St. Bart's Episcopal is located at Park Avenue & East 51 Street, NYC

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"METAL: A Headbanger's Journey"

A heartfelt documentry film by Sam Dunn features musicians Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, Dee Snider, Slayer, Dio, Lemmy, Vince Neil, Tommi Iommi (Sabbath), Bruce Dickinson (Maiden). With commentary by Chuck Klosterman, Deena Weinstein, Robert Walser and me. Available on DVD next month.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New York Dolls Give CBGB's a Great Big Kiss

Click here: New York Dolls / March 28, 2006 /(CBGB)

Review by Mike Ayers, fanboy scholar from "Soc. 666" (fourth from left, graduate seminar in Sociology of Popular Music, Graduate Faculty, New School University, published in Billboard

Monday, March 06, 2006

Simon Reynolds New Post-Punk Book

Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84
Simon Reynolds' new book will be of interest to most of the people who hit this site---for more information, check out http://www.simonreynolds.net

"Punk's raw power rejuvenated rock, but by summer 1977 it had become a parody of itself. is a celebration of what happened next--bands like Joy Division, Gang of Four, Wire, Contortions, Talking Heads, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League--who dedicated themselves to fulfilling punk's unfinished musical revolution. Based on over 125 interviews, Rip It Up offers a panoramic survey of the seven year period following punk, taking in everything from PIL to ABC to SST to ZTT, and dealing with genres including industrial, 2-Tone, synthpop, and goth. "

Friday, February 10, 2006

Interview with Donna Gaines--InterActions

InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies
Volume 2, Issue 1 2006 Article 8

Special Issue: Cultural Studies Matters

“Sacred Profanities: Youth Alienation, Popular Culture, and Spirituality---An Interview with Donna Gaines by Ben Frymer"


Saturday, February 04, 2006

My R&R Church

Owner-guitarist Trigger recently told the NY Post that the immortal Continental at 25 Third Avenue off St. Marks will soon become a bar, no longer serving the Lower East Side as a music venue and punk church---replete with shrines to Joey Ramone, Johnny Bully and Iggy. A death sentence is already haunting CBGB's, and now this.

Post-Ramones Joey Ramone favored the club, situated diagonally across from his apartment on East 9th. He loved booking eclectic shows, playing MC, saying Continental reminded him of Max's in the early days. The walls are line with photos of punk's greatest hitters, local & global---Waldos, Blondie, Sea Monster, Furious George, Hanoi Rocks.... Go see it before it's too late. Take photos, bring your children, bring your parents, write a book, do a documentary, ok?

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Sacred Mountain Under Seige--update

Tribes & Environmental Groups Decry Snowbowl Decision, Vow Appeals to Protect Sacred Mountain.

Flagstaff, AZ -

Yesterday afternoon U.S. District Court Judge Paul Rosenblatt issued his decision on the lawsuits filed against the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Snowbowl in their attempt to allow the wastewater Snowmaking and expansion plan on the Sacred San Francisco Peaks. Members of the Save the Peaks Coalition, Tribal leaders, environmental advocates, and concerned members of the community gathered at the foothills of the sacred mountain to voice their concerns and announce appeals to the decision at a news conference.

“The federal government felt, and the court affirmed, that the economic viability of the Arizona Snowbowl Resorts Limited Partnership was more of a priority than the beliefs of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans.” Said lawyer Howard Shaker who represented the Navajo Nation, Yavipai Apache, white Mt. Apache, The center for Bio logical Diversity, Sierra Club, Flagstaff Activist Network , in a written statement. “This decision will be appealed.”Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director for the Hopi Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Office stated, “I want to express disappointment. The decision doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s a part of the legacy of insensitivity by federal agencies such as the Coconino National Forest Service on the civil and human rights of many people including the Hopi People.” Kuwanwisiwma said, “The tribe will consider an immediate call for an injunction in addition to an appeal.”

Jamie Fullmer, the Tribal Chairman of The Yavapai-Apache Nation and Vincent Randall a Tribal Council Historian released a joint statement expressing their disappointment to this “dangerous precedent”. “Recent history has shown the federal courts are not supportive of Native American sensibilities and traditions when it comes to issues concerning the landscape and spiritual health of our People. This decision to move ahead with fake snow may see some short term success, but the long term consequences and repercussions could over time haunt all of us, regardless of which culture you claim as your own.”

“This is a devastating tragedy for all those who value environmental health, culture and religious freedom.” said Klee Benally, Navajo of the Save the Peaks Coalition, “This is a miscarriage of justice. This is a defeat for those who have faith that the justice system is unbiased and indiscriminate, and all of us, native or not, will pay the price.”“The District Court’s decision to allow Snowbowl expansion and snowmaking with wastewater is yet another link in an ever-growing chain that shackles the environment and the people who value it.” Said Carly Long of the Flagstaff Activist Network, a litigant in the case. “There is still an opportunity for justice to be served at the 9th Circuit level in San Francisco and we will appeal the District Court’s ruling in this case.” Carly Long said, “We will persist in our endeavor to ensure that the spiritual integrity of all people whom hold this mountain sacred is upheld and unbroken.”"This is not the end, we have to continue to go forward in a peaceful way, until we let the mountain know that we’re not going to give up." Said Bucky Preston, a Hopi litigant, in a written statement.Coconino High School student Alberta Nells, Navajo, of the Youth of the Peaks stated, “We all realize the sacredness of this mountain, we are all upset by the decision. This is really important for us as the youth, we do this for the generations that are coming, so then they will remember who they are by looking at this mountain, to know what their responsibilities are as indigenous peoples.”

Kelvin Long Executive Director of ECHOES said, “The Judges decision was only made at the Federal District level, and is part of a historically crucial case that is predicted to head to the Supreme Court. This is a tragedy to humanity, we as indigenous peoples have been murdered by the millions since contact with the European settlers, we have had our lands, languages, traditions, for the most part wiped out, but there are still some of us who are here, and we will continue to be here, unfortunately our existence is not without great struggle for survival and respect."ECHOES along with the Save The Peaks Coalition are organizing a campaign to stop the City of Flagstaff’s wastewater sale to the Arizona Snowbowl.Howard Shanker also stated, “No other ski area in the Country, or even the world that we are aware of, uses 100% treated waste sewage to make snow. Posting signs throughout the ski area saying "don't eat the snow" is not an adequate safeguard to protect against the known and unknown risks of exposure to the types of chemicals that persist in this effluent. The potential impacts on children especially, many of whom may be too young to read the signs, have not been adequately assessed by the government. This is an experiment that cannot be justified.”“Regrettably, there is often a rift between what is legal and what is right. We will pursue all legal means to stop this project. It is our hope, however, that all people of conscience will contact their political representatives to encourage them to do what is right.” Shanker also stated. “Snowbowl is not a destination ski area. People do not travel from across the Country and around the world to ski at Snowbowl.

Indeed, many of the press reports on this issue have overstated the economic contribution that Snowbowl makes to the Flagstaff economy -- which is marginal. People do, however, travel from around the world to the Flagstaff region to experience the ways of, especially the Navajo and Hopi Tribes. Other than to preserve the economic viability of a private entity, there is no adequate justification for this project.”“As this nation prepares to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for Civil rights, how can we as native people celebrate when our civil rights, our human rights are being profaned, are being violated?” Said Jeneda Benally, member of the Save the Peaks Coalition, “The Civil rights movement went to court fighting for their rights and had many wins and losses. This ruling shows that in this day and age there is still injustice in the legal system. We will continue with our prayers, we will continue to oppose the ongoing attempts to violate human rights. The sacred mountain supports life, so we are strong, and we will continue to defend the sacred San Francisco Peaks. In closing, we leave you with the words of Dr. King, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

For more information: www.savethe peaks.org