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Interview: God save John Lydon
When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.
| October 12, 2012
The Big Hurt: An unknown legend comes in from the cold
From the early '70s through the late '90s, artist branding guru Harold Wells worked with nearly every major label, coming up with perfect names for some of the most famous acts in rock history.
Return of a band namer
| June 01, 2012
When the hipster label hurts
Don't call it a "cool church," pastor Andrew Mook says.
| May 11, 2012
The Big Hurt: Sex Pistols perfume
I think I’d be a much happier person if I disabused myself of all my quaint expectations about artistic integrity.
Plus ELO death and Moz racism
| September 17, 2010
Review: Public Image Ltd. at Royale
Terrifying, ridiculous, glorious
PiL, live at Royale, May 7, 2010
| May 14, 2010
Photos: Public Image Ltd at Royale
PiL at Royale, courtesy of The Bowery Presents
PiL, featuring Johnny Rotten, at Royale | May 5, 2010
| May 14, 2010
The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing
Slow news week.
Music news in brief
| September 18, 2009
Blank slates splattered with neon: Santigold and Amanda Blank
I’m not sure what kind of set list Santigold brought, but I’m guessing that she scrapped it after the crowd remained limp three tracks in.
Santigold, Amanda Blank, live at the House of Blues, June 1, 2009
| June 12, 2009
Interview: Greil Marcus
Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
| January 21, 2009
Scenes 4 tweens
When I was a teenager, all I ever longed for was to live in a world where it was socially acceptable, nay, a social requirement , to frequently burst into song.
Troy, Gabriella, and the HSM2 crew put the music in them. Now our two quasi-theater critics are trying to get it out.
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE
| January 07, 2009
Interview: The Damned's Captain Sensible
"School teachers and lawyers come along to see the Damned. . .and they want to see really bad behavior."
The Damned carry on
| December 29, 2008
In the annals of rock-and-roll-origin stories, Colin Newman, singer/guitarist for the pinned-down cynical conceptualist rock band Wire, has one of the odder ones.
47 releases in, Wire can still get it up
| October 01, 2008
Harold Wells made up this headline, too
Letters to the Boston editor, September 26, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 24, 2008
Sex on wheels
Subcultures all need their touchstones: entities that over time assume the stature of full-fledged institutions.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult just never get old
| September 16, 2008
The Big Hurt: Confessions of a band namer
Maybe you’ve never heard the name Harold Wells, but it’s a safe bet that you’re a fan of his handiwork.
The music industry’s best-kept secret speaks out
| September 02, 2008
Interview: Shane West
The actor discusses the Germs . . . and ER.
Too late to stop
| August 19, 2008
Three in one (more)
Last week, we previewed the releases of three discs. This week, we offer three discs that came out this summer, but didn’t hit my desk till recently.
New from Marie Moreshead, Adam Kurtz, and Hotel Arrival
| August 13, 2008
If the title teen of Juno can dismiss Sonic Youth as “just noise,” what would a representative of a generation for whom quiet is the new loud make of the even harsher sonic barrages of first-wave punk?
Jeffrey Lewis’s Crass, and Dirty Projectors’ Black Flag
| March 10, 2008
I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
| February 15, 2008
Repackaging music in box-set format and in newer, more-deluxe versions is a marketing ploy that’s been around at least since the dawn of the CD age.
The ongoing survival of the box set
| December 11, 2007
Julien Temple was one of the first filmmakers on the scene when punk erupted in the UK.
Julien on Joe
| November 08, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Temple captures the chaos of Strummer’s early years, with overlays of interviews with him and footage from the era.
| November 07, 2007
Joe Strummer was the embodiment of punk, up till his final day, December 22, 2002.
The two sides of Joe Strummer
| November 06, 2007
Chronicle of a death foretold
What a difference a death makes.
Joy Division were rooted in grim finality. Now, through a series of new books, CDs, and films, the band has found new life.
| October 24, 2007
Disc by disc
The new Joy Division catalogue
| October 24, 2007
Snakes and pilgrims
There’s something classic about a pretty blonde girl in a bikini with a boa constrictor wrapped around her neck.
From venom to the Otherside Café
| October 08, 2007
Punks find their inner Americana
Punk might have been swept along, cleaned up, dirtied again, then separated into a million different subgenres created to simplify things when really it only complicated everything.
The altered aesthetic of punks playing folk
| August 31, 2007
Boston music news: August 31, 2007
Notes on the return of the Late Risers' Club
| August 28, 2007
Portland scene report: August 24, 2007
Harrington, who also publishes the local uber-zine Kapital Ink, is nothing if not elbow-deep in rock.
Sibilance starts now
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| August 22, 2007
This article originally appeared in the August 23, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
His death will change nothing: He had already expanded forever our notion of what was possible
| August 20, 2007
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