Category Archives: RIP

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 […]

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez RIP

“My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez I know the feeling. I loved reading A HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez first opened my eyes to South American literature with his novel from 1967 about his liberal grandfather’s house in Columbia. The tale of one family […]

Jesse Winchester RIP

Back in 1970 I found an LP by a folksinger named Jesse Winchester. I loved this LP, especially the songs YANKEE LADY, SNOW, and THE BRAND NEW TENNESSEE WALTZ. Jesse Winchester never played in Boston or Cambridge or anyplace in the USA, since he had fled the USA to avoid the Draft in 1967 after […]

Gloria Leonard RIP

The Daily News reported that Gloria Leonard, a ex-porn actress who was also a publisher of High Society magazine, died at the age of 73 in Hawaii. The buxom brunette was a 35 year-old single mother, when she starred in the legendary MISTY BEETHOVEN. The nice Jewish girl from the Bronx fought for free speech […]

Walk Away Rene Don’t Run

From a peaceful resting place near the water Rene Ricard was a youth born to run Run to Boston in 1964 to be wild It was a good time to be young Walk Away Rene Don’t Run Down to New York Down to be someone Down with Warhol Down with the scene Walk Away Rene […]