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The Planets

I Replace Waylon Jennings and Get Dosed With 'Dust by Hells Angels'

Binky Philips | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

There are two kinds of songs that get stuck in your head... the ones that drive you crazy and the ones you just can't stop reveling in.

The Faithful Shopper: Wonderful Windows

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.02.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's that most wonderful time of year for window shoppers -- and all shoppers. Our major department and jewelry stores have unveiled their holiday displays, and it's time to indulge the inner child in us all.

July 8, 1967: The Who's First Concert in New York City

Binky Philips | Posted 11.14.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The Who's music/act was almost a weapon. They took the stage with something akin to an invasion/occupation. It was theirs now until they didn't want it anymore.

The Loud Zone - The Gay Roots of CBGB

Binky Philips | Posted 08.30.2014 | 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?

KISS Blew It!

Binky Philips | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Hey, kids, how 'bout let's start with a caveat! I have been friends with Paul Stanley since 1969, when I first met Stan Eisen in high school. I've kn...

Spring, 1973: Me 'n Jake Get Status Quo Ripped on New York Reefer

Binky Philips | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

In the next 90 seconds, we were all walking down the tiny staircase, me 'n Jake leading the way, with the band behind us yelling, and the next thing Jake and I knew, we were on stage.

Excerpt: 'Nothin' To Lose -- The Making of KISS'... I Attend KISS' Third Rehearsal

Binky Philips | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

About six weeks ago, !T Books released Nothin' To Lose -- The Making of KISS, a superb oral history of the band's earliest years, written with love and respect by Ken Sharp.

Nothin' To Lose - The Making of KISS - 1972 - 1975: The Story of How My Two High School Buddies, Starchild and Monster, Made It Big!

Binky Philips | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

"Nothin' To Lose" offers a richly detailed day-to-day accounting of all the myths in their legend, and the mundanity of a band's early life, as they really happened...

Excerpt: London, 1971 - Two New York Idiots Look for Their Own Keith Moon and John Entwistle

Binky Philips | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The actual zygote moment of The Planetsʼ inception took place, beyond appropriately enough, at The Whoʼs first full length concert in New York City on July 8, 1967.

How a New York City Rock Kid Fell for George Jones and Tammy Wynette

Binky Philips | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I was 15. I'd been playing guitar for a whole 4 years. I knew Keith Richards was the greatest guitar player on the planet. I'd enjoyed Laugh-In as much as half the world did. That made me tune into Hee Haw its first season. Heck, why not! What I collided with in head-on with George Jones was a new musical reality.

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.

The 'Dry Moon' Myth

Hejiu Hui | Posted 04.28.2013 | Science
Hejiu Hui

Until about five years ago, the moon was thought to be bone dry. However, the anhydrous view of the moon has been challenged by detections of water on the lunar surface and in rocks and soil returned by the Apollo missions.

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.

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.

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?

Humble Pie

Seth Shostak | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Seth Shostak

The next time you check your moves in the mirror and reflect on how special you are, consider that somewhere in this universe or in another parallel universe, your double might be doing the same.

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...

Interviewing Pink Floyd, Dining With Tony Bennett, and Getting Advice From an Undercover Cop

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

You will notice that in each of the three somewhat disparate encounters relayed below, I am sitting down when most of the action occurs. Back in the...

Bay City Rollers, Richard Hell, Aretha Franklin, Tom Verlaine, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Humble Pie, and My Friend, Anthony Jones

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

WARNING: As the title suggests, this week's column careens like a pinball. One dear old friend is the connective tissue, a true candidate for Reader'...

Seeing and Not Seeing Jimi Hendrix

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I met Desmond in 1968. He grew up in George Carlin's White Harlem aka Morningside Heights, a sliver of a neighborhood on the upper west side of Manhat...

Stolen Guitars and How I Got Them Back

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Towards the end of the summer of 1974, an old pal called me that I hadn't heard from for awhile. His apartment in Queens had been broken into and his ...

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.

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.

I Audition for Sparks in London, 1974

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Ron Chaplin Hitler, barely glancing at me, said in a cold, dismissive, and prissy tone, "Well, you're certainly overpowering, aren't you?"