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Michael Lee Nirenberg’s feature length directorial debut, Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story, based on his father’s experiences as creative director at Hustler Magazine in the 1970’s and 1980’s, will be released Juy 15, 2014 on most VOD platforms in the US.

Currently working on an Untitled Documentary on the History of Computer Hacking.


Entries by Michael Nirenberg

Conversation With Deradoorian

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:18 PM

In keeping with my recent discussions with interesting people, I had the pleasure of chatting up Angel Deradoorian in McCarren Park, here in the epicenter of hip Brooklyn last week. Below is an excerpt for Huffington Post with the full interview to be published at a later date...

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It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 7:26 PM

Man's Story, November 1962, illustration by Norman Saunders

A couple of weeks ago I was in a movie theater watching Mad Max: Fury Road in 3D. While watching actor Tom Hardy grunt single lines of manly "dialogue" amidst high-octane explosions, I remembered my...

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Conversation With En Esch

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 9:21 PM

photo by Berry Behrendt

I had the opportunity to talk with En Esch (KMFDM, Pigface, Slick Idiot) before his performance here in New York at the STIMULATE 7th Annual 4th of July Industrial Barbeque. It turns out my...

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Short Conversation With JG Thirlwell

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 1:51 PM

JG Thirlwell photo by Marylene Mey

JG Thirlwell has been one of my favorite artists for many years. He is unveiling a program of string quartets this Sunday August 9, 2015 here in New York at the Noguchi Museum (info...

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Conversation With Composer Jozef van Wissem

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:30 PM

photo by William Lacalmontie

Recently I had the chance to talk with composer Jozef van Wissem. I discovered his work after Sacred Bones sent me his score for the film Partir To Live, which is in...

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Conversation With Author Robert Rosen

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Recorded at Bob Rosen's apartment in the West Village, NYC on 4/29/15

2015-06-03-1433294298-399863-Bob_Rosen_Author_photo.jpgPhoto by Mary Lyn Maiscott

I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced manuscript of Robert Rosen's freshly completed book Bobby in Naziland: A Portrait of the Author As a Young...

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Conversation with Artist Micki Pellerano

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:29 PM

On the occasion of my friend Micki Pellerano's solo show at American Medium in Brooklyn, I spoke to him about the things that matter to him: drawing, growing down, experiencing pain, pop music and of course love.


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Conversation with Robin Carolan Founder of Tri Angle Records

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:14 AM

Interview Recorded at Sunset Diner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on March 21, 2015

On the occasion of Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, I got the chance to interview the charming

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Conversation With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Conducted by phone on April 28, 2015


(photo Marie Losier)
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle has been an influence on me for decades. I first heard "Lady Maybe" emanating...

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Conversation With George Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Interview conducted by phone on Wed April 3/29

For few hours I allowed myself to be an insufferable fanboy instead of my default Mr. Cool disposition when the opportunity to interview George Clinton came up. I've been listening to George...

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Conversation With Painter Ajamu Kojo

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:24 PM

Interview Conducted on 3.20.15

My friend painter Ajamu Kojo has been producing beautiful portraits of women for years. I recently got an opportunity to have a long discussion with him in his studio about, painting, women, race, music, barbershops, the...

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Conversation With Allan MacDonell Regarding His New Memoir Punk Elegies

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:58 PM


Allan MacDonell's terrific new memoir Punk Elegies published at Rare Bird Books is one of the most entertaining books I've read in sometime. It's at once horrific, well written and funny. Punk Elegies the only book in recent memory that can...

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A Conversation With Delia Gonzalez

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Delia Gonzalez's debut titled In Remembrance is released on April 28, 2015 through DFA Records. This is not an average record release. This record has taken several years and is part of a larger multimedia project. In Remembrance...

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Book Review- Neighbors From Hell : An American Bedtime Story

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:32 PM

In the 1990's when I was a dumb college kid I was kicked out of the student dorms at University of the Arts. I was selling low-grade marijuana, dropping acid, starting wild sex parties and pursuing fun. After several icy meetings with...

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Music Suggestions for Early April 2015

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:18 AM

Several tracks have crossed my path lately. I find them all important for different reasons. I don't want to argue about music with you. Enjoy.

Uniform - "Perfect World"
Elements of the postpunk you grew up with. It reaches transcendent aggression.

Antwon - "Living Every Dream"
My favorite rap record of the moment. Let Kendrick put everyone else to sleep. I should mention that the video is great. Especially if you are old enough to remember and feel the '90s. Excellent work. Note the Hanoi Rocks shirt.

Josef Van Wissem - Partir To Live Soundtrack
High Art. Save it for being alone, reading, or contemplating chaos.

Zig Zags (debut) - My boy Travis put me on this today. It's some of the alive rock n' roll. I felt something like a feeling.

Krieg - "In Order of the Solitary Round"
These guys are doing wonderful work. it's almost a little acidy and hardcore. It reminds me a little of that wonderful moment in the mid-'80s when there were solid crossover thrash bands like The Crumbsuckers.

John Maus - "Keep Pushing On"
Simply a perfect ghostly pop song.

Cheena - "Did I tell You Last Night?"
This album reminds me why I think it's important to keep the skeletons out, so everybody can see how Rock R Roll looks. The rock n' roll seems sincere, it's alive.

Foetus - "Soak"
Some artists who start off as portrait painters end up later painting landscapes. Sonic layering. style, singing and dancing are just a few elements here. This record has so many moods and textures.Soak is probably best enjoyed alone as so many great records are.

*Ozzy Osborne's last great record Bark At the Moon gets an honorable mention for weekly obsessive...

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Notes on Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 6:33 PM


Sacred Bones Records here in Brooklyn is one of my favorite record labels to emerge in recent years. One of their latest releases is Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple.

Here are my notes on that record in a...

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Book Review: Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye's Final and Darkest Era

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 5:38 PM


At first glance the drawings of Lee Brown Coye have an almost simplistic, naive quality. Once you spend some time with the drawings in Pulp Macabre, the intricacies and subtleties reveal themselves starkly in black and white.

According to Mr. Coye's son Robert...

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The Future of Music Is in Your Hand

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 10:36 PM


Pat Noecker and I decided to catch up over beers recently in Bushwick. It had been too long. I always felt he was one of the most forward-looking artists I know. When I met Pat several years ago, he was in

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7 Questions for CineKink Founder Lisa Vandever

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 6:45 PM


This Tuesday on February 24, 2015, "the kinky film festival" CineKink NYC opens its 12th season. On occasion of my own film being in this year's lineup, I asked CineKink founder Lisa Vandever these 7 questions:

MN: I know you have answered this...

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Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Recently Pop Star A and Pop Star B were both nominated for a prestigious music award. Pop Star A uses songwriting teams and producers. Her music is heavily processed and is designed for mass consumption. Pop Star B writes and performs his own songs yet still makes songs for mass...

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