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The Difference Between What's Hot and What Lasts

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are a lot of things that are popular and commercial, but aren't very good. Or are just good enough. Consider Justin Bieber: It's not that the kid isn't talented; it's that he's only just talented enough.

WATCH: Gregg Allman On The Moment He Knew He Had To Get Sober

Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Musician Gregg Allman, 64, recently went from writing in his journal to penning his book "My Cross To Bear." Allman revealed to Good Day NY what hi...

Joan Jett, Guns N' Roses, The Cure Nominated For Rock Hall Of Fame

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Long ago, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts professed their love for rock `n' roll. It's time to see if the feeling runs both ways. The ic...

Opening for The New York Dolls at the Mercer Arts Center, December 19th, 1972

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The New York Dolls were the pebble thrown in the pond. They sank to the bottom having caused hundreds of ripples.

Rock Radio in New York City in the 1960s

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I grew up with parents who absolutely forbade TV, any TV, Monday through Thursday. My Dad was a newspaper editor, my Mom was/is an artist. They dec...

Tales From a New York Record Store

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Binky Philips

I spent the entire decade of the 1980s running St. Mark's Sounds, which was, at the time, pretty much the most happening record store in The Big Apple on the most happening block of St. Mark's Place.

Pete Townshend Meets My Mom and Dad at the Fillmore East

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

As The Who show progressed, with no security staff whatsoever, the wings of the stage started getting jammed. But, I was still the only one onstage.

Sam & Dave Take Me to School, 1968

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I never saw Alonzo Daniels' gun... but, I believed the rumor. The whole school just sorta knew that he carried a loaded .38. This was back in the days...

Jeff Beck Tries to Buy My Les Paul

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

In the 1980's, I had the great fortune to catch Les Paul performing a few times at a club called Fat Tuesday's here in New York. His playing was simply ridiculous.

The Holy Grail: I Buy A 1958 Sunburst Les Paul

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

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Dad Takes Me To See The Beatles - August 29th, 1964

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips



The sound of the screaming audience was beyond anything I'd ever experienced. It was a high-pitched white noise that shut out the entire world. The stadium became an alien place.

I Buy Eric Clapton's CREAM Guitar Case

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

On July 8, 1967, I saw The Who at the Village Theater, their first full concert in New York, and Pete Townshend was using a Fender Stratocaster guitar. That's when I knew I had to have one.

I Open For The Ramones At CBGB In 1975

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

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.

The "Satisfaction" Of Charlie Watts Hitting Me In The Face

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I went to see the Rolling Stones on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28th, 1969 at Madison Square Garden. It was without a doubt the scariest audience I've ever been in.

Chasing John Lennon Down Broadway

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

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. 



I Caught Pete Townshend's Guitar

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

It was April 1970 and I had camped out for two nights to get tickets for The Who's Final Performance of "Tommy" at the absurdly ostentatious and downright silly venue, The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.