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!
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So, how/why is this story about a store closing Christmas-y?
Well, the greatest Christmas present of my childhood came from Manny's Music Store.
The New York Dolls were the pebble thrown in the pond. They sank to the bottom having caused hundreds of ripples.
Ron Chaplin Hitler, barely glancing at me, said in a cold, dismissive, and prissy tone, "Well, you're certainly overpowering, aren't you?"
Mid-September of 1974. I was meeting friends at the Bottom Line for a Waylon Jennings show.
As our weekend with The Ramones drew near, I started getting nervous. Terry Ork's "You have to provide the PA" proviso was presenting a real problem. The Planets didn't have a PA system.
Yes, forty one years ago last month, for about three minutes, I was in the middle of The Stonewall Riots, the night that Gay Pride was actually born.
I noticed that the guy driving had long hair and a big bushy beard.
I noticed that the guy riding shotgun had long hair and a big bushy beard.
I noticed that between them sat a small Asian woman with long hair.
There was really only one venue in all of New York City where a band of regular rock schmoes could get booked playing original material through Marshall stacks; the Coventry Club on Queens Blvd.
While we sat around in the gloom, I complimented them on the tunes and arrangements. But, by now, all three of them were just fuming about how late this been-in-the-band-three-weeks new guy was.
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