Author Archives: Peter

Open City declared Peter Nolan Smith an underground punk legend of the 1970s East Village. The New England native spent many years as a nightclub doorman in New York, Paris, London, and Hamburg. The constant traveler has lived for long periods of time in Europe and the Far East. After a forced retirement from the Schmatta trade in Thailand, Peter Nolan Smith returned to New York to work in the international diamond trade. At summer’s end he resumed the life of a writer. The world’s leading leisureologist is currently based in Sri Racha, Thailand, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Luxembourg City. He has no address.

Dead As Hunter S Thompson

Hunter S Thompson. Forever a man lived life to the fullest, because oblivion is easier to achieve than enlightenment.

No Se Olvide L’Alamo

On March 6, 1836 thousands of Mexican troops under General Santa Ana stormed the Texas stronghold of the Alamo. None of the defenders were shown mercy and to this day Texans rally to the cry ‘Remember the Alamo’. On Monday Governor Rick Perry announced the mobilization of the National Guard to conduct air and ground […]

THE ONLY YEH YEH GIRL By Peter Nolan Smith

The stars of the 1960s were transported by TV and radio to my three red-light suburb south of Boston. The teenagers of the 50s worshipped Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Buddy Holly as dead gods, but my generation’s focus was dedicated to the living. Bob Dylan’s BLOWING IN THE WIND knocked Elvis off his throne […]

THE MAKING OF AJA by Steely Dan

Steely Dan recorded AJA from January to July in 1976. THE MAKING OF AJA is a 1999 film of the studio sessions in LA and New York. The interviews with Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, and the score of studio musicians are priceless insights into one of the best produced LPs of all time. This evening […]

TOMMY RAMONE RIP

There are no more Ramones on Earth. Tommy Ramones joined his three brothers. I was lucky enough to catch them in 1976. On a winter night I was walking up the Bowery. I heard CALIFORNIA SUN from a bar. I walked inside. My life was changed forever. They were our band. Here is an excerpt […]