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The Loud Zone - The Gay Roots of CBGB

Binky Philips | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

When all is said and done, is anyone surprised that it was gay men and women who were the actual forefront of the CBGB/Max's Musical Revolution of the mid-to-late 70s?

My Most Embarrassing CBGB Moment: I Piss Off Johnny Rotten!

Binky Philips | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

In light of this impending hoopla about 315 The Bowery, I thought we'd revisit a night at CBGB that ranks as one of the great Rock 'n' Roll Faux Pas Moments, perp-ed by yours truly... Here's the story...

Excerpt: Rock 'n' Roll Band Guys Interact With the Mob

Binky Philips | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I look back with sentimental longing for a time when I almost got my ass handed to me by actual Good Fellas... plus, a few quick bonus tales of first-hand mob woe for dessert. A name or two has been changed, okay.

From Ike & Tina Turner, John Lennon and Led Zeppelin to The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Green Day: A Conversation with Bob Gruen

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.22.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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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.

Rock 'N' Roll Pantheon Keeps It Real

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

I needed to find out whether the Rock 'N' Roll Pantheon is "for real," whatever that phrase has come to mean.

Robbie Robertson's Clairvoyant Box, Plus Chatting With Ed Sheeran and Devin

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.09.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In 2011, Robbie Robertson's album How To Become Clairvoyant was not only one of the more satisfying releases of the year, but it also was the artist's most personal statement about his life, covering topics from spirituality to the breakup of The Band.

Kathleen Miles

L-U-V: How Craigslist Missed Connections & Johnny Thunders Led To A Punk Love Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.14.2012 | Los Angeles

"I already had a crush on him before we actually met," Tillie told The Huffington Post. Tillie and Jacob, who had never met, went to the Sept. 2011...

Dancing Backward in High Heels: Conversations with New York Dolls' David Johansen (Plus: Chatting with Ancient Astronauts)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The New York Dolls' David Johansen discusses the making of their new album, Dancing Backward In High Heels.

Valentine's Day With David Bowie, 1973

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

It's early evening on Valentine's Day 1973, and I'm in my kitchen, regaling my dear pal, David, about the Bowie show I'd seen the night before at Radio City Music Hall.

On the Culture Front: Battle of the Belgians and Bob Dylan Tribute at Le Poisson Rouge

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43 hosted the "Battle of the Belgians" at his cozy, subterranean East Village bar. This festive event pitted Belgian-style American beers against their authentic counterparts.

The Damned at CBGB: The Night Punk Was Officially Born in the USA

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

In early April 1977, The Damned were the first no-kidding British Punk band to come to the States. They were one of the very few already notorious amongst the cognoscenti in New York.

Strippers Weigh In On 'Ground Zero Mosque' Debate

WSJ | Andrew Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

After the World Trade Center towers fell, a stripper named Chris went to volunteer in the recovery effort for the Red Cross. Nearly 10 years later, sh...

The Night the Mafia Pulled the Plug On Me

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

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.

Shock The Monkey: A Playlist To Help Ease Kirk Cameron's Evolutionary Growing Pains

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Kirk Cameron seems like a really nice guy. Unfortunately, the Artist Formerly Known as Mike Seaver seems like a really nice guy who's evolved into a willfully ignorant idiot.

Hello It's Me, Todd Rundgren: A Digital Chat With a Wizard, a True Star

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I hit up Todd Rundgren, the brilliantly talented singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer-arranger and part-time cult superstar, with a few questions about this upcoming theatrical endeavor.

The New New York Dolls Ain't Just Recycling Trash

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Does seeing what used to be one of the most influential bands of all time, in the former site of one of the most influential venues of the last 40 years, tarnish our memories of both?

New Tunes On Monday: Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Ben Harper and Relentless7, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, New York Dolls, and Paul Potts

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ever since Cat Stevens embraced Islam, the West has been clueless when it comes to accepting the former superstar. His latest release, Roadsinger, is a good start in rebuilding that emotional bridge to Stevens.