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Walter Lure, Guitarist for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Dies at 71

Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:08 am

Walter Lure, rhythm guitarist and last surviving member of punk legends Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, passed away Saturday afternoon after a brief bout with cancer. He was 71. News of his death was first announced by the Starwood Nightclub in Los Angeles. “Walter was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2020, which […]

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Shepard Fairey’s Blondie on the Bowery is Defaced

Posted August 10, 2020 at 5:03 am

Debbie has been defaced. The large-scale mural of Debbie Harry – painted by Shepard Fairey in August 2017 – is now compromised. Taggers recently targeted the image of the Blondie front woman, which sits across the Bowery from the former home of CBGB. The Little Italy Street Art Project commissioned Shepard Fairey for the job […]

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Talking Head Chris Frantz Talks About Life and Music on the Bowery in the 1970s

Posted July 21, 2020 at 5:14 am

Chris Frantz – drummer of seminal art rock band Talking Heads – is out with a new memoir today called Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina. In it, he describes his connection to the Lower East Side, and how it propelled the band to stardom. Aside from the obvious CBGB relationship – […]

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‘Punk’ Docuseries Attempts to Answer All of Your Punk Questions

Last modified March 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Is it punk to create a documentary series about punk? Or is that the antithesis of the spirit itself? While watching the new docu-series Punk on the Epix network, I found myself asking these questions. Was I no longer a happy nonconformist if I actually liked this series? Does punk endure, or are some of […]

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Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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Punk Couple ‘Dennis and Lois’ Dish on their 40-Year Love Affair with Music [INTERVIEW]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 8:49 am

New York couple Dennis and Lois consume concerts at the same frenetic pace as many of the acts they see perform their sets (sometimes they see four shows a week, sometimes it’s brief overnight stint in Manchester). They are the ultimate punk fans, a lifetime music-driven couple. And the best kind of cool – matter […]

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Target and the Tale of Two (Storefront) Tributes

Last modified July 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

Anyone still disgusted by the marketing gimmicks of Target’s new Alphabet City store should head on down to Orchard Street for James and Karla Murray’s “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” photography exhibit to see how a proper homage to the New York City storefront is done. The couple’s storefront-persevering photography exhibition opened just days […]

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Target Apologizes for its Controversial CBGB ‘Tribute’

Posted July 26, 2018 at 5:09 am

Target’s tail is now between its legs. The retailer debuted its new small-format downtown store with East Village-themed pomp and circumstance Saturday afternoon. Rather than embracing community, though, the opposite happened. The insensitive stunt, which included a Target-branded CBGB canopy (TRGT) and related merchandise as props, was universally panned. Public outcry about the commercial co-opting […]

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Can We Expect Target to Further Appropriate LES Culture with its Essex Crossing Opening?

Posted July 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

Target opened its small format Alphabet City store Saturday afternoon with a gaudy, insensitive display of consumerist authentrification. The new location at Extell’s luxury compound on 14th Street received vinyl skin to mimic the tenement feel it destroyed, red newspaper boxes that evoked the old Village Voice ones, fake fire hydrants, cookie-cutter “art,” and worst […]

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Shepard Fairey Stencils Debbie Harry Mural Across from Long-Gone CBGB

Posted August 23, 2017 at 5:05 am

As first reported here yesterday, artist Shepard Fairey took to Bleecker Street yesterday to impart a new punk rock mural. The two-year-old Joey Ramone treatment – what some have called a subtle advertisement for Overthrow Boxing Gym – had been erased the day before in preparation for the next in line. The piece is a […]

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