"They lived up to all of my great expectations. Here was a band with something important to say that could really move you and make you feel something." For Gary Jucha, those experiences of seeing The Only Band That Matters nearly 40-odd years ago were just one of his inspirations for writing THE CLASH FAQ: ALL THAT'S LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLASH CITY ROCKERS.
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BRISTOL BOYS MAKE MORE NOISE!: CELEBRATING A SCENE WITH GILL LOATS AND JOHN SPINK
"I think the period documented in this book was special and not every generation has these opportunities. It gave us the confidence to be creative which stayed with us." Bristol's first female DJ, Gill Loats and John Spink explains their involvement with the BRISTOL BOYS MAKE MORE NOISE! book, CD and download project...and drop a few hints about its implications for today's scene.
"PUNK WAS NOT JUST A GOOD IDEA -- IT WAS NECESSARY": A LOOK BACK AT DANISH PUNK WITH JAN POULSEN (11/26/12)
"We were kids without any respect for the older generations and we were trying to create OUR places, our positions in society, and many of us -- the early punks -- did succeed in one way or another, I suppose." Author Jan Poulsen reflects on the Danish punk scene that he chronicled in his book, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and its long-term impact in this exclusive email chat.
"LIFE'S RICH TAPESTRY, HELD TOGETHER BY A SAFETY PIN": TEDDIE DAHLIN SPEAKS (TAKE II, 7/30/12)
"Punk wasn't about being a competent musician. It was a movement. It wasn't just about the bands and the music. It was an attitude and Sid personified that attitude." Teddie Dahlin, author of A VICIOUS LOVE STORY, contemplates what the late Sex Pistol might have accomplished, had he lived, and her own future projects, in part two of this installment.
"...ONLY TWO DAYS OF MY LIFE, BUT IT CHANGED ME FOREVER": TEDDIE DAHLIN SPEAKS (TAKE I, 7/30/12)
"It's been really difficult reliving it all. I am lucky because I have fond memories of him." Teddie Dahlin explains her reasons for writing A VICIOUS LOVE STORY, her account of two days in Norway with the late Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious.
10 MORE QUESTIONS FOR TRYGVE MATHIESEN: "SEX PISTOLS EXILED TO TRONDHEIM 1977 (ORIGINAL POST: 4/8/11)
Chairman Ralph sits down again with Trygve Mathiesen for an email chat about SID'S NORWEGIAN ROMANCE: SEX PISTOLS EXILED TO TRONDHEIM 1977, an in-depth look at the events that surrounded the combustive British punk band's second Norwegian gig on their Scandinavian tour of that year.
10 QUESTIONS FOR TRYGVE MATHIESEN: "SEX PISTOLS EXILED TO OSLO 1977"
Chairman Ralph sits down with Trygve Mathiesen for a chat about his book, BANNED IN THE UK: SEX PISTOLS EXILED TO OSLO 1977, which deals with the band's legendary 7/20/77 gig at the Pingvin Club. Among other topics, the author discusses the gig's importance to the Norwegian punk scene, research techniques for compiling the list of 214 patrons, and the wider cultural consequences beyond that night in Oslo.
OUTSIDERS BY INSIDERS: CHATTING WITH JEROME BLANES ON THE OUTSIDERS, WALLY TAX & NEDERBEAT (2/12/12)
Who were the Outsiders, exactly, and why are people still talking about these Dutch Beat Gods' music today? To get the answers, Chairman Ralph chats with Jerome Blanes, author of the definitive book about the band -- OUTSIDERS BY INSIDERS, now available in English -- and sheds light on the chemistry that yielded such Mod classics as "Filthy Rich," "Lying All The Time," and "Touch."
"I KNEW THERE WERE A LOT OF US, FAMOUS AND NOT": HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK REVISITS "THE LOST WOMEN OF ROCK MUSIC" (12/14/11)
Chairman Ralph sits down with author, lecturer, performer and singer-songwriter Helen McCookerybook about her book, THE LOST WOMEN OF ROCK MUSIC (2007), which she's revised and is gearing up for a reissue with a new publisher. We talk about what motivated her writing, as well as her thoughts on female musicians' roles, and what people can look forward to seeing in the revised edition.
“IT'S WHO'S BEHIND THE CURTAIN”: VINCE WHITE SPEAKS (ROUND TWO, 11/09/09)
Vince White, guitarist during the Clash's final two years, tells Chairman Ralph what's happened since his book, OUT OF CONTROL: THE LAST DAYS OF THE CLASH, appeared in 2007. He also discusses his run-ins with the art and rock entertainment cultures, media censorship, and encroachments on freedom in his home country, Great Britain.