Category Archives: music

Free the Weed

French chanteur Serge Gainsbourg appeared in the 1969 film CANNABIS with his English muse, Jane Birkin. In 1973 America responded to this Gallic challenge by adopting the Rockefeller drug laws, which set the penalty for possession of more than 2 ounces of heroin, morphine, opium, cocaine, or cannabis on the same level as 2nd degree […]

Michael Winslow – Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

I met the codeine Michael Winslow at the 1985 Deauville Film Festival in France. He was promoting POLICE ACADEMY. There was no Roman numeral after the title. This was the original.

I’m A Poseur Too

This morning I re-wrote a story about the Damned’s show at Hurrah in 1978. I thought that the Dead Boys from Cleveland were touring with the British group. Cheetah Chrome emailed a comment excoriating my time-misplacement. What an honor. Here is his email. SONIC REDUCER rocks. The Damned Live 1978 Cheetah Nice story , too […]

Lame Ass Poser

Editors and agents have asked for a definition of my writing. Corporate executives like neat niches. I tell them the easy answer, “Semi-fiction.” “What’s that?” None of them are familiar with that genre, since it doesn’t really exist in their marketplace. “Whatever is interesting is true.” My employer Richie Boy had once described my story-telling […]

The Damned Live 1978

Hurrah was a walk-up nightclub on 32 West 62nd Street. The second-floor had been a disco in its previous reincarnation. Studio 54 stole that clientele and the owners brought downtown uptown by having Jim Fouratt book punk bands. The live music was the main attraction to Hurrah. The bookers loaded the stage with New York […]