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Binky Philips, a life long New York babyboomer, was born a few years before Elvis changed everything. Permanently ruined by The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Binky has devoted his life to the noise made by larynxes and electric guitars. He spent the 70s and 80s performing, writing, and recording his own songs in the semi-legendary CBGB/Max's Kansas City band, The Planets. For the last three decades, Binky has run East Village records stores, done radio promotion for every major record label's Rock and Alternative acts, and now has his own indie label, Dotpointperiod, and manages the Dallas Texas band, dEAf PEdESTRIANS. Binky Philips is currently working on a memoir of his misspent youth and adulthood in the music business. He can be reached at binkinc@earthlink.net.

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Play On! Power Pop Heroes by Ken Sharp... The Greatest Collection of Rock Interviews of All Time? Could Be!

(5) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:55 AM

From the very beginning of my life's obsession with rock music and the people that make it, I have found the interview the most fun to read. It's almost always the most informative format, too. I was 11 when The Beatles were interviewed in Playboy. Naturally, I couldn't possibly possess...

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INTERVIEW: Paul Rodgers... Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and His Latest, "The Royal Sessions"

(6) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:51 PM

If you've listened to Rock Radio in the USA for any length of time in the last 35 years, you have heard Paul Rodgers' voice over 200 times... easy!

Paul is probably the most famous and well known rock vocalist that a whole lotta people don't know by name.

Paul...

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The Making of the Legendary "Hunky Dory" Album and I Pierce My Ears for David Bowie in 1972

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:21 PM

David Bowie. Man, oh man. Rarely, if ever, have I been as wrong about an artist.

Believe me, I loved David Bowie. Crazy love. Second only to The Who for at least a year or so. Actually, pretty much from Space Oddity through Aladdin Sane. For some reason, he lost...

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Babyboomer and Gen X Rockers: Sticking to Their Guns!

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:52 PM

If you are in your 40s, 50s, 60s and still into Guitar Rock, chances are you're still listening to your Rolling Stones, your Who, your Zep, your J, P, G & R, your KISS, your Van Halen, your AC/DC, your Dire Straits, your Mott The Hoople, your Cheap Trick, your...

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The Loud Zone - The Gay Roots of CBGB

(6) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:01 AM

It's kind of a marvel to note how far back in the closet the true beginnings of Glitter/Glam/Punk have been shoved over the decades since The CBGB Era became a benchmark moment in Pop Culture.

Yes, I used the closet metaphor with a knowing nod. You see, the true...

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44th Anniversary: That Guy In The Who Throws Me His Guitar (Again)

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Four years ago today, the Entertainment Editor at Huffington Post ran this story without my even knowing it had been submitted (a mutual friend of mine had sent it over to Huffington Post without telling me).

I found out I was a Huff Post Blogger when I received a No-Reply...

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Dammit, Jimi Hendrix, That Was Supposed to Be MY Les Paul!

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:39 PM

There had been other 'fad' guitars during rock 'n' roll's earlier years.

In the early 1960s, the brief but crazy-popular Surf Instrumental era, Fender Stratocasters, Jazzmasters and Jaguars were essentially the three models played on about 97 percent of those wonderful reverb-drenched California guitars-only sonic extravaganzas.

When the...

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My One (Little) Keith Richards Story

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 4:05 PM

I knew my time was about up.

I was in my early 30's. I looked 26, but my extended stay at the club level in New York City was getting dangerously long in the tooth. It was 1986 and the Halcyon Days of CBGB/Max's were now years past. Things...

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R.E.M. Are Starstruck... By Me!

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Back in the late 1980s, me and Susan, my girlfriend, yes, the one I married 25 years ago, got very lucky. A friend of hers, really more of a business acquaintance, called her out of the blue one day...

I remember you telling me how much you wish you had...
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May, 1969: My Parents Accost The Who's Pete Townshend in the Lobby of the Fillmore East

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:34 PM

This story took place 45 years ago!

Time just keeps plowing forward, doesn't it. It's a lava flow... scary.

Meeting at the end of the 1940s, my parents were an almost comically archetypical New York couple for the times; an extrovert black sheep Midwest (St. Louis) shiksa with artistic...

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A Man Called (Self) Destruction -- The Life and Music of Alex Chilton

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:36 PM

"I guess my life has been a series of flukes in the record business. The first thing I ever did, was the biggest record that I'll ever have." - Alex Chilton, singer of the classic song,"The Letter" by The Boxtops. He was 16 when it hit Number One.

Before we...

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I'm in Vintage Guitar Magazine!

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:43 AM

One of the things you discover as you get older and start reflecting back on the path you've taken is how a fleeting and seemingly insignificant moment can firmly set you on a road you might've otherwise missed.

To wit...

Playing guitar had gone past obsession to religion for me...

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KISS Blew It!

(27) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Hey, kids, how 'bout let's start with a caveat!

I have been friends with Paul Stanley since 1969, when I first met Stan Eisen in high school. I've known Gene Simmons since 1972 when Paul introduced him to me outside a Jeff Beck show. My band, The Planets, opened for...

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Spring, 1973: Me 'n Jake Get Status Quo Ripped on New York Reefer

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Uhhh...Status Quo?

Who's that?

To almost every American about to read this story, I'll 'splain you all about the Mighty Quo.

Apologies at the top to all possible Huffington Post UK readers for the obvious expositional section of this piece. It's for my in-the-dark Yank brethren's sake.

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Mike Bloomfield: The First Guitar Hero

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:41 AM

I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat.

-- Wes Montgomery

FULL DISCLOSURE: I play guitar.

By fateful coincidence, my dad had started taking classical guitar lessons about six weeks before The...

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The Beatles On Ed Sullivan? Heck, Just 170 Days Later, I Saw Them Live!

(10) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Well, the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles exploding on our TV screens on February 9th, 1964, has come and gone. Those of us old enough to have been sitting in front of our TVs that night are sitting at our desks or standing at our bathroom sinks wondering where the...

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"Some Fun Tonight": Not Just Another High End Boutique Coffee Table Book On The Beatles... This is a Monument!

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 5:30 PM

I met a Beatle once.

It was an after-soundcheck meet 'n' greet for one of his All Stars shows at Radio City Music Hall, 1992. There were about 35 of us, waiting in the dead-center of the orchestra seats at Radio City, about 5:30 in the afternoon. If you've...

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April 1971: I Write Pete Townshend a 32-page Letter, He Sends Me an Incredible Gift (EXCERPT)

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:55 PM

I have been working on a book about my love affair and actual interactive relationship with The Who for at least three years, on and off. I had an enthusiastic publisher all lined up who essentially went belly up.

"Oh, goodie! I have time for another draft!" Oof!

Problem is,...

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Interview: Kenney Jones, Drummer of Small Faces, Faces With Rod Stewart and The Who, Looks Back (and Forward)

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Small Faces were simply the best band I have ever been in or ever likely to be in.

-- Kenney Jones, drummer for The Who, 1979-1989.

A few weeks back, I interviewed Ian "Mac" McLagan, here on the Huffington Post, keyboardist for the Small Faces, Faces with Rod...

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I Interview Ian "Mac" McLagan of the Legendary Small Faces About Their New (and Amazing!) Box Set

(9) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 8:58 AM

It was a week before Christmas break in 1967. My friend, Steven T, was 'going home' to England for two weeks. Although born in the USA, Steve's parents were both utterly British. His Dad seemed like a retired Colonel from Her Majesty's Army. Bristled mustache and bristling manner. His Mum...

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