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Famous Rock Critics School: Test Your Talent

I bet you get damn tired of seeing all those pompous smartasses raking in cash, glory and free records for scrawling about the latest heavies in rags like Creem, Rolling Stone, Phonograph Record and Awake.

By LESTER BANGS  |  January 25, 2013
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Joey Ramone remembered

On top of everything else that was a drag about the decade just past, there was this: in a three-and-a-half-year span, we lost three quarters of the Ramones. And then CBGB closed.
Long Live Rock Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 08, 2010
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Remembering Joey Ramone

On top of everything else that was a drag about the decade just past, there was this: in a three-and-a-half-year span, we lost three quarters of the Ramones. And then CBGB closed.
Long Live Rock Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 08, 2010
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Mystic muso

“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2009
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30 lists

30 things mentioned in the first issue of the Newpaper, 30 things that we miss, 30 things that weren't around 30 years ago, and more.  
Looking forward and looking back, list-style
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 22, 2008
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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008


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Bill Callahan

When Lou Reed left the lo-fi proto-punk of the Velvet Underground behind for the polished, poetic pop of his solo albums, devotees were devastated.
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By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2007

Little Papeet can't jump

L’affaire Papitto is one of those stories so stupid and ridiculous that no one could have made it up.
Octogenarian rap enthusiast roils Roger Williams University
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 18, 2007
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Nirvana revisited

True’s book coincides with a bit of Nirvana’s Phoenix lore, and this week we’re publishing an excerpt from the book alongside several related articles from our archives.
A new Nirvana biography and excerpts from the Phoenix archives shed new light
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 30, 2007
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About a girl

“Mary Lou Lord has been almost written out of the Kurt Cobain story,” writes True. “Yet I have a strong memory from around this time of meeting a besotted Kurt going on about how in love with her he was, and how he was going to move to Boston to be with
When Mary Lou Lord met Kurt Cobain. An exclusive excerpt from Everett True’s new Nirvana: The Biography
By EVERETT TRUE  |  March 28, 2007
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Historical fictions

There are Clash fans, and then there are Clash fans . And three more boxes: Gift ideas for the music fan on your list. By Matt Ashare
Reliving the birth of the Clash
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 12, 2006


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Anarchy in Medford

Sitting in on Tufts lecturer Michael T. Fournier’s course “History of Punk Rock,” offered via the university’s Experimental College, one can’t help but think of Johnny Rotten’s famous final words: “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
History of punk rock
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 18, 2006
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Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006