Friday, October 5, 2007

Punk Magazine

Punk was a magazine created by cartoonist John Holmstrom, publisher Ged Dunn and "resident punk" Legs McNeil. They published a total of 17 issues between 1976 and 1979. Covers featured such artists as Lou Reed, Patti Smith and Blondie. The magazine staff went through many changes during those years, as a result Ged Dunn left in early 1977 and Legs quit shortly afterwards.
Punk was a vehicle for discussing and examining the underground music scene in New York, primarily what would be called punk rock. The music was exemplified by bands and performers like Wayne County which were featured in clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGB. It mixed Mad Magazine-style cartooning with the more straightforward pop journalism of the kind found in Creem.
In 2001 Punk was re-launched, but the events on 9/11 set back the plans for a relaunch. In 2006 the magazine was revived, and current issues are still being published

Richard Hell

Richard Hell (born October 2, 1949) is the professional name of Richard Meyers, an American singer, songwriter, bass guitarist and writer.
He is probably best-known as frontman for the early punk rock band Richard Hell & The Voidoids. Their 1977 album, Blank Generation, influenced other early punk bands. The title song is cited as being among the top ten punk songs, for instance, in the book Rough Guide to Punk (2006), by all the various early British punk figures polled in the book.
Hell was an originator of the punk fashion look, the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has said Hell was of some inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude, as well as the safety-pin accessorized clothing McLaren sold in his London shop, Sex. (Members of the Sex Pistols dispute this.)
Since the late eighties Hell has devoted himself primarily to writing, publishing two novels, as well as several other books. He was the film critic for BlackBook magazine from 2004-2006

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu are a rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite many long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. The group is named after the protagonist of Ubu Roi, a play by Frenchman Alfred Jarry.
While Pere Ubu have never been widely popular—usually categorized as "underground rock"—they have a devoted following, have been hugely influential on several generations of avant-garde musicians and are a critically acclaimed American musical group.
Critical opinions of Pere Ubu include: "the most original and important of the new wave bands"; "the world's only expressionist Rock 'n' Roll band" and: "Pere Ubu will be looked back on as the most important group to have come out of America in the last decade and a half. Either that or they will be entirely forgotten" .
Pere Ubu have consistently conducted their affairs as they see fit, regardless of convention: They refuse to discuss or explain their sometimes odd music, forgoing newspaper and press interviews. Pere Ubu have compiled a list of guidelines for touring, live performances and the like, including such statements as, "Lighting should be theatrical rather than rockist. We are interested in atmosphere, mood, drama, energy, subtlety, imagination-- not rock cliché," and note that the Danish Broadcasting Corporation is one of the few organizations they trust to record live performances, "solely on the basis of the King of Denmark's defense of the Jews in WWII".
Tired of being asked to define their music, Pere Ubu coined the term Avant Garage to reflect interest in both experimental avant-garde music (especially Musique concrète) and raw, direct blues influenced garage rock. Thomas has stated "Avant Garage" is "a joke invented to have something to give journalists when they yelp for a neat sound bite or pigeonhole."