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The Bay City Rollers Did NOT Suck... and the Awesome Influence of One Haircut

Binky Philips | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Here's the true unsung story about one of the origins of the Punk/New Wave look...

Pete Townshend and I Bump Into Each Other at an Adam Ant Show

Binky Philips | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Suddenly, he grabbed me full-force, pulled me to him, and gave me a hug so tight, his arms wrapped around my torso, that my breathing was constricted. And, he wouldn't let go. So, neither did I.

Billy Joel Shoots a Video in the East Village, a Crew Member Says the Exact WRONG Thing

Binky Philips | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

"Billy Joel?! God, no!" Jeeez, I'd only been referring to several sophisticated chord changes in a song or two. But, wow, the vehement negativity was kinda remarkable. It made me think of something I witnessed out the windows of that record store on St. Mark's Place...

1977: Iggy Pop and Ray Manzarek Want to Start a Band With Me

Binky Philips | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Yes, I know turning them down was raw lunacy, but I had the secret knowledge, as I listened to Danny, Ray and Ig work me, that The Planets were gonna be signed by Warner Bros. My band, my songs.

1977: My Band is Signing With Warner Brothers Records! Thin Lizzy's Producer is Set to Do Our Album! In London! At The Who's Recording Studio! And... Then...

Binky Philips | Posted 04.17.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Looking back, it was an undeniably fertile creative moment in New York City. Things were coalescing and I was in the thick of it.

Two CBGB Bands vs. an Actual Biker Gang

Binky Philips | Posted 04.09.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The bikers just went happily berserk. Booing, screaming, howling, cursing, laughing, flipping birds, throwing empty beer cans... Poor T'winks, in front of everyone, the bar owner walked up and let them know that the Bands-From-NYC experiment was over.

A Compendium of Encounters -- Including Excerpts From My Book On Rhino, My Life In The Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was

Binky Philips | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Over my many years as a rock 'n' roll/pop culture freak, I've had my share of classic New York City encounters with celebrities and ummmmm, street life.

December 19th, 1972: Me, Opening for The New York Dolls 40 (!) Years Ago

Binky Philips | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The following, sorta excerpted from my book, is the least I could do to let the world know, that once upon a time, five ragamuffins from the outer boroughs of New York City bent the history of rock 'n' roll.

More of My Damn Opinions About Guitarists and Guitars

Binky Philips | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Electric guitars are, visually, far and away the most arresting and varied instruments in the world. The electric guitar is the most ubiquitous instrument on the planet. Whether you're in deepest Serbia, Thailand, Peru, Greenland, if there is popular contemporary music being played, homegrown even, you will hear an electric guitar.

Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!

Binky Philips | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

You are about to embark on a journey into the mind of a Total D*ck when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah Nyaah Nyah Nyah!

My Pal's Mom: The First Female Boxing Judge In History

Binky Philips | Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I want to tell you about an unsung suburban unaware-of-feminism-whatsoever Pennsylvanian housewife, mother of four, who in the embryonic days of the women's movement, in one fluke moment, became a frickin' bona fide boxing judge!

How My Book Happened (Excerpt) (Updated)

Binky Philips | Posted 08.06.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Yes, I was commissioned to write about my days and nights in a band you've never heard of, but, that was on the CBGB/Max's Kansas City circuit in New York City back in the 1970s. When I was first approached about this, I was like, uh, are you sure?

I Take "The Pollywog EP" On Consignment From Adam Yauch, I Play In A Band With Richie Teeter

Binky Philips | Posted 07.08.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I won't take up too much of your time here. Just had a few thoughts on Adam "MCA" Yauch... and Richie Teeter. We lost Richie Teeter about 3 weeks before we lost Adam. F**king cancer!

It's All Eddie Cochran's Fault!

Binky Philips | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Eventually, just the way I discovered Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, through the Rolling Stones, I did the same with anyone The Who were covering. That led me to Eddie in late 1967. Hunting down his albums in New York back then was almost impossible.

The God Gavin and Erica's Who Album

Binky Philips | Posted 03.07.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

To this day, after literally 1000+ listens, the bedlam that breaks out in that original version of the coda of "My Generation" remains breathtaking to me.

Last Minute Shoplifting

Binky Philips | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

As I have relayed in this blog o' mine, I spent over a decade in record store retail on St. Mark's Place in the East Village through the eruption of P...

I Have a Chat With Pete Townshend in His Hotel Suite, 1974, Part II: The Night After

Binky Philips | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Hello, Dear Binky-@-Huffington Reader, I have been remiss. It's been almost two months since my last blog. God, I hate that word. Sounds like somethi...

Nick Tosches Saves The Last Dance For Satan

Binky Philips | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Binky Philips

Nick Tosches, Lester Bangs, and Richard Meltzer, pioneered a style of rock criticism that sought to emulate the glamourous and rebellious transgressive nature of the best of Rock 'n' Roll.

I Get Bounced From the Buzzcocks

Binky Philips | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

It was the Fall of 1978 and I was standing in the audience, waiting for the marvelous British Punk band, The Buzzcocks, to play their first ever New Y...

I Visit Graceland and Get Kurt Cobain's Autograph

Binky Philips | Posted 09.29.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Back in the 1990s, I did a lot of traveling for my gig as an independent record promoter. My destination was always the same, a radio station. I'd f...

The Who Arrive Late, Beatles News Arrives Early, Central Park, August 1968

Binky Philips | Posted 08.31.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips


The Who performed just once in Central Park on August 7th, 1968, as part of what was called The Schaefer Festival.

More Good Fellas, One Lucky Lo Fan, and Two Cool Cops

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

As he lay in his Cardiac ICU room, with his doctor hovering over him, my father opened his eyes, looked up at his gerontologist and declared in a Jame...

WXPN and World Cafe Make Wilmington Delaware the Center of Cool for 48 Hours

Binky Philips | Posted 08.03.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

While my wife loves the typical type of music that NPR stations play, I had kept myself sorta willfully ignorant about a lot of the more cerebral and free-range acts that live on those play-lists.

"National and International Known, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Soul Brother Number One... Jaaaaaaaaaaaames Brown!"

Binky Philips | Posted 07.24.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Even at 12 years old, middle-class white Beatles boys like us knew full well that James Brown was a god. Soul Brother Number One. His T.A.M.I. show appearance cemented his Already-Mammoth-In-New-York stature on an exponential level.

I Crack Wise With The Sopranos, My Dad Does Not With The Real Deal

Binky Philips | Posted 07.09.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

So, I have this friend... He was a two-or-three-times-a-week customer at the record store I ran in the East Village back the 1980s (http://www.huffin...