Category Archives: PARIS

MAIS OU SONT PASSES LES GAZELLES Lizzy Mercier Descloux

Lizzie Mercier Descloux pioneered world music with her 1984 “Mais où Sont Passées les Gazelles ?” (‘But where have the gazelles gone?’) base on her travels in Soweto. The punkette was a good friend and we miss her always. To hear MAIS OU SONT PASSES LES GAZELLES please go to the following URL

# 17 by Peter Nolan Smith

One wintry December night in 1976 I stumbled home from a derelict bar at the corner of the Bowery and Houston. The icy wind slashed through my thin clothing and I was about to hail a taxi to my SRO tenement on 11th Street, when the thump of a frantic bass emanated from a white […]

LOVE YOU LONG TIME – CHAPTER 5 by Peter Nolan Smith

The Songkran festival turned uglier faster than the previous year. Thai street vendors hawked squirt guns of every capacity to hooligans mixing itching powder into gutter water. Industrial drinking fueled the unholy holiday madness. Playful water fights escalated from harmless sanuk or fun into vicious shootings redressing old grudges. Pickups jerry-rigged with plastic reservoirs recklessly […]

THE ONLY YEH YEH GIRL By Peter Nolan Smith

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 and the stars of the 1960s were transported by TV and radio to my family house south of Boston. Bob Dylan’s BLOWING IN THE WIND knocked Elvis off his throne […]

Jacques Liebowitch RIP

Yesterday Jacques Liebowitch, doctor and researcher into HIV, passed away in Paris. His work on AIDS along with that of Dr Dominique Mathez saved millions of lives by detecting tainted blood supplies, lowering the dosage of medicines, and creating treatments to combat the virus’ attack on the human immune system. A true genius. For the […]