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"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.
KEN WALDMAN DISCUSSES HIS BOOK: "ARE YOU FAMOUS?"
Chairman Ralph discusses the realities behind do it yourself music-making, performing and writing with "Alaska's Fiddling Poet," Ken Waldman -- who's been doing those things since 1995, and details in his first memoir, ARE YOU FAMOUS? (2008).
ZOE STREET-HOWE (TAKE THREE, 11/13/09): THE SLITS IN THE ROCK 'N' ROLL SCHEME OF THINGS
Chairman Ralph concludes his three-part epic interview with Slits biographer Zoe Street-Howe. The pair discuss the reunited band, her observations on Viv Albertine's return to music, and the Slits' legacy in the broader scheme of rock 'n' roll.
ZOE STREET-HOWE (TAKE TWO, 11/12/09): LIFE WITH THE SLITS (FROM PUNK, TO POST-PUNK)
Chairman Ralph continues his epic interview with Slits biographer Zoe Street-Howe. In this second installment, the author shares her take on the Slits' lengthy wait for a record deal, how their albums hold up today, the group's personal dynamics, and why the post-punk scene (in which they flourished) eventually tapered off.