Punk at 30 - a Retrospective on the Filth, the Fury and Fender (Modern Guitar Magazine)
MS: “Who would’ve thought 30 years ago that punk artists like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash would be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame?” said Justin Norvell, Fender’s senior marketing manager for electric guitars. “The same music that was vilified and dismissed at the time is now celebrated and honored by the masses. It highlights the fact that sometimes an important cultural movement can happen without anybody knowing it, until it’s too late to deny anymore.”
No Future? Not Exactly. (Village Voice)
MS: A musician in a militantly artless movement, a star who was supposed to disdain celebrity, Joe Strummer didn't so much embody punk as transcend it. Sure, the Sex Pistols were the bomb throwers—in The Future Is Unwritten, their arrival on-screen is greeted with an explosion. But in Strummer, punk got an ambitious (and unironic) generalissimo with the stage presence, the songwriting skill, and the rhetorical firepower to take the revolt over the barricades. And in the quantum leap from the self-titled Clash album to London Calling, punk got exactly what it wasn't supposed to have: a future.
Garage Rock Legends The Sonics Storm Back (Rolling Stone)
MS: "If you come to these shows expecting top musicianship, you're in the wrong place," Parypa warns. "But if we can blow your face off, that will be cool."
New Joe Jackson Album Due In January (Billboard)
MS: Joe Jackson's first album in five years, "Rain," will arrive Jan. 29 via Rykodisc. The project features two of the three other original members of Jackson's longtime band, bassist Graham Maby and drummer Dave Houghton.
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