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    • June 6, 2017 3:33 AM CDT
    • ..... What was interesting was , that Iggy book had a grainy reproduction of the newspaper ad  for the August '88 "Greatest Show on Earth" Chicago Aragon Iggy Pop / Ramones show. The Dickies were on the bill , too , but , it was'nt announced til the day of the show. I WAS PSYCHED ABOUT THAT , I'D BEEN TRYING TO SEE THE DICKIES FOR YEARS !    I thought Iggy  and The RAMONES HAD EQUAL BILLING , But Iggy had top billing , which meant he had better access to the lights and sound , and played about twice as long as The Ramones. The mix was very bad for The Ramones' set , but , the Dickies came out sounding good , in a set that lasted about 25 minutes. But , it was a good time , overall.   I FOUND A COPY OF THE AD , RECENTLY. i WAS'NT SURE IF i'D SAVED IT OR NOT.

      I guess it did'nt turn up ,before , but I just read Phil Lynott's bio , one of 'em. It stops short of sensationalism. Of course , the drink , drugs , violence , marriage problems and even flirtations with Dance music (??) are covered , tho' not in gory detail.  Lynott's first and last meeting with his Father is'nt mentioned at all. 

    • May 21, 2017 10:55 PM CDT
    • The Fuzztone.  Rudi Protrudi's book is a great read.  Check it out!

    • May 13, 2017 3:01 PM CDT
    • Eschillion Key (above)

      Cyberpunk dark fantasy time travel adventure starring many protagonists, antagonists, and antiheroes.

      Introduction - relates plausibility of a kidnapping in explanation of Book 1 Section I,

      Section I, Killing Clocks - children with a magic pen capable of bending time adventure in a city of anarchy.

      Section II, Escape From Paradise - the antihero star of the story escapes a false utopian socialist society into false utopian anarchy. a drean sequence may explain what happened to the children in Section I.

      Section III, Killing Clocks - protagonists, antiheroes, and antagonists bump heads.

      Book 2

      The Fall - Chicken Bone Sawing,

      a failed blowjob joke built into hermaphroditic prose poetry.

      Hell - the Sugar Quest,

      serial killer disassociated tripping and adventure

      Abyss Crossing - the Value of Unique Experiences,

      religious dogma and unstable introverted art responses explored

      the End Times - the History of the Universe,

      adventuring in Chrystal City climaxes with Abel's Gospel.

    • May 4, 2017 9:38 AM CDT
    • Eschillion Key

      The link provides free .pdf files of the book at no charge, clicking automatically downloads a .pdf

      This is a cyberpunk novel I wrote,

      fantasy, experimental poetry, time travel adventure on strange drugs.


    • December 11, 2016 9:09 PM CST
    • Hey , John. I'm leafing through Kenneth Anger's "Hollywood Babylon 2". Good read , even some of the people I'd never heard of. I read the first one , years ago.  Sometimes , Anger's sarcasm is kind of taxing....No , I did'nt think they needed to wreck as many Police cars as they did , either in "The Blues Bros." , but , does the MOVIE still hold up ? Hell , yeah.   I nearly met Anger , once. He turned up , unannounced , at a screaning of the John Barrymore "Jekyll and Hyde". I tried to go over and say hello , as he was leaving , but, he was having a conversation with someone .

      Brian McMahon's book is due out in days. Look out for it.......

    • September 8, 2016 4:34 PM CDT
    • I'M READING AN ADVANCE COPY OF BRIAN MCMAHON (electric eels , Cool Marriage Counselors , Brian McMahon Mit Das Volt)'s autobiography , due out soon from Hozac press. What's interesting is , he has other people comment on his own commentary , and I've been asked to do the same . here it'll end up ,I'll just have to wait and see......I JUST FINISHED "Iggy Pop Neighborhood Threat" written by former Iggy And UK SUBS BASS PLAYER, WHOSE NAME ESCAPES ME . Not much insight to Iggy's off stage personality , it deals more with Andy McCoy , ex - Hanoi Rocks and Iggy Guitarist , whose habits nearly deep sixed the whole operation. But , I saw Iggy with this band , twice , in '88. Finding out that Andy was in the band did seal the deal for me. The photos are largely amateurish , and some are decent personal shots with Iggy , his then - wife , Suchi ,  and the band. All in all , it's a good Rock 'nRoll road read

    • June 8, 2016 4:08 PM CDT
    • A newbie on this forum and the absolutely first topic I saw was this...

      ... which is fun since I am a literature student :D


      Currently: 20th century latin american writers like Borges, Marguez, Neruda, Rulfo and Allende for a history class, also contemporary finnish (yep, I am a finn myself) "serial writers", a couple of trilogies or even quadrilogies.

    • May 27, 2016 6:27 PM CDT
    • i just started reading the new autobiography of Terry Gibson (Lead Guitarist , Downliners Sect - classic lineup and 70's reunion , plus the F.U.2 Punksploitation LP !). It's written in a very sparse , laid back style.It promises to be a thorough look at one of Britain's finest , and still kickin' arse , R'n'B/R'n'R outfits. The many rare photos don't hurt , either. You can order it from Mike Stax at Ugly Things.....

    • May 13, 2016 3:23 AM CDT
    • Just finished two great books by authors I've always known of but never read, Paul Auster's New York Trilogy and JG Ballard's Drowned World. On to lsome non-fiction now with Owen Jones The Establishment.

    • April 1, 2016 9:14 PM CDT
    • I found Dennis Dunaway's ( Orig.ALICE COOPER group Bassist.) book, which I had'nt seen , anywhere , SINCE IT CAME OUT ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. So , I'm going to start on that.

      Dennis has a great way with a story. I met him , briefly , just before the book came out , and I asked him about the Alice Cooper Group backing Gene Vincent at the Toronto Rock'n'Roll Revival. HE LIT UP LIKE HALF OF OLD FREMONT ST. (VEGAS) , telling me about how psyched they were to be in the presence of true greatness.  He also told me the original pre - A.C. Garage band , The Spiders , got billed over The Yardbirds in PHOENIX , THOUGH , OF COURSE, THE YARDBIRDS CLOSED THE SHOW. He said they had the nuts to precede The Yardbirds with an all - Yardbirds set , after which THE YARDBIRDS BLEW THEIR SHIT AWAY.

    • March 28, 2016 3:57 PM CDT
    • Erik , if my reply did'nt go thru , I'll try again , later....

    • March 25, 2016 9:25 PM CDT
    • John, I'm reading Warner's newest Don't Be a Jerk.

      I'm also reading Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff...Some seriously good shit

    • March 23, 2016 5:46 PM CDT
    • I'm "Reding", just not spelling. I was reading an early bio of Bill Haley , "Hardcore Zen" by Brad Warner and "The League of Unfortunate Superheroes" (Recommended for all fans of strange and sometimes downright bad comics.) , in intervals , but , I finished neither. Marky Ramones' book , I love to read any chance I get.

    • March 23, 2016 5:45 PM CDT
    • I'm "Reding", just not spelling. I was reading an early bio of Bill Haley , "Hardcore Zen" by Brad Warner and "The League of Unfortunate Superheroes" (Recommended for all fans of strange and sometimes downright bad comics.) , in intervals , but , I finished neither. Marky Ramones' book , I love to read any chance I get.

    • March 20, 2016 8:46 PM CDT
    • i'm reding Marky Ramone's book "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg". Never mind the title , this is a VERY cool Rock Read. I'VE MET MARKY A COUPLE OF TIMES , AND HE DOES HAVE A GOOD WAY WITH A STORY. His sense of humor and attention to details accentuate already - great stories. He does talk about Dust , Wayne County and Richard Hell before getting to the main event. 

    • October 23, 2015 10:31 PM CDT

    • July 20, 2016 6:26 PM CDT
    • Greetings!



      Blackened death project HAIDUK returns with a crushing new release!



      All Hail!!










    • June 10, 2016 4:51 PM CDT
    • The other day , I saw a beautiful , tricked out Oldsmobile . Probably very early 60's , not the brontosaurus models I prefer , very sporty looking....I could'nt help saying , out loud "Now, THAT guy's got a small penis."....I'M SURE THAT IS'NT ALWAYS TRUE (Not that I've checked.), BUT , it had "Penis substitute" written all over it.

    • June 8, 2016 4:10 PM CDT
    • I have the coolest car on my street. 1973 Triumph Spitfire.

    • December 28, 2015 3:00 PM CST
    • I saw the Oscar Meyer Weiner wagon go down my street. I'd never seen one. It was easily the size of a double decker bus. I ran after it for a couple of blocks , but it got away.

    • October 24, 2015 1:24 PM CDT
    • Are you still looking for people?


      I'll be your facebook editor if you still need one.

    • October 23, 2015 10:29 PM CDT
    • Haven't watched that many movies, just Pixels with Adam Sandler. But I fell asleep while watching it. 

      I watch a lot of series. There a new one called You, Me & the Apocalypse. Pretty funny.

      Also iZombie, Limitless, Z Nation, The Last Man On Earth, Blindspot, Scorpion, Gotham and Heroes Reborn. 

    • September 30, 2015 4:40 PM CDT
    • Among other things, I've been watching a lot of Midsomer Murders as of late, and also working my way through The Beiderbecke Affair. Both good series. 

    • September 18, 2015 4:03 PM CDT
    • Lutz Vipinderwoman , I was'nt on the GPHO from the very start , because I was'nt on the internet, yet. I first joined , around 2008.  I was'nt knocking the Hideout , then or now , and I said nothing about or against Kopp , either.  It's entirely believable that St. Louis has /had a more "Solid" garage scene than Chicago. Gonn played there , I know. I also know that would have never happened , here (Though I tried to make it happen a few years ago.).   I'm not putting down your local bands , if most of them had the right gear , and the right attitude , that's great. It just  so happens, here in Chicago , even our best Garage or Garage - oriented bands of the past 25+years got very little local support. But , I've seen other bands that were terrible , and , generally , they've been very well - liked , in spite of having virtually no 60's influence at all. This is what passes for "GARAGE',  here. There is'nt much interest for this kind of music , from local or national acts.

      THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS , of course , The Gories sold out a two night stand ( I opened the first night.) , it was their first attempt at a two - nighter since reforming. But , when I first saw them , here , in 1990 , I was the only person in front of the stage , while the rest of the crowd were cowering in the very back. In recent years , I've seen The Fleshtones (Whom I first saw in 1984 , and I may have missed three times , since.),  Cynics (Whom I've missed probably twice in 28 years.)  and The Woggles (With whom I've been friends for many years. I've missed them once since about '94 , only because I was playing on a Norton Records/Hurricane Sandy relief benefit show.) , all these bands and others who deserve better , I've seen play for 30 - 50 people at times.  I've seen all the bands you mentioned either two or three , or several , times , with  the exception of The Mummies.

      I followed labels like Get Hip , Sympathy , and Goner, Crypt (Though I was only a fan of some of their new bands.), from the late 80's on. Also Voxx/Bomp and Midnight before them. We still owe Greg Shaw a debt . When most people talk about the 90's Garage movement , they mainly mean Estrus. I followed them , too , but , with the exception of The Brood,Woggles ,Waste Kings and maybe a couple of others , I'm not so into 'em , now , but , they got things done.

      I've been into this stuff since 1980. I did go to THE CAVESTOMP THREE YEAR IN A ROW. Same for The Ponderosa Stomp.  Others , like The Vegas ROCKAROUND , I did at least once. I've always been very supportive of the original Garage bands. Moreso than most. I've interviewed several , and even become friends with quite a few of them.  Cavestomp , to their credit , also procured current and 80's era bands that delivered the goods.only seen a couple . So , no , I DON'T THINK IT IS , OR WAS , A TRENDY THING AT ALL. BUT , IT BECAME MORE OF A BANDWAGON - HOPPING THING , LATER. But , that could all change.


      .... I DID'NT INTERPRET YOUR ORIGINAL COMMENT AS BEING NOSTALGIC , BUT , IT'S GREAT TO HAVE ZINES , WEBSITES , AND THE LIKE , TO REFER TO A TIME THAT WAS DIFFERENT , NOT NECESSARILY BETTER , THAN NOW. CHICAGO JUST DOES'NT HAVE THE SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THE REAL STUFF , LIKE DETROIT , SAN FRANCISCO , ATLANTA , AND , I BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU SAY , ST. LOUIS. I've done my bit to get the word out. I've DJ'ed , promoted shows, played out , written articles. I don't knock others , if they're just getting into this stuff , now. Why would I?    I was'nt trying to be cocky. I genuinely enjoy this music , as anyone who knows me will attest.

       I'm not here to argue with anyone. I could get on Facebook if that's what I was after. I was just trying to offer you some feedback Take care , John.