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1984 Vs. 2014: Which Year Ruled Harder For These Music Icons?

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A lot can change in 30 years. On the night of September 14th, 1984, sexy Material Girl Madonna took the stage for her career making performance of “Like A Virgin” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Thousands of miles away that same night, Henry Rollins and his seminal hardcore band Black Flag played a chaotic set on the wrong side of Tijuana in some forgotten dive. Nowadays Rollins is a revered punk rock elder and hosts shows on The History Channel while Madge struggles to remain relevant in the high-speed modern music marketplace. Some of music’s biggest names were operating on the margins of the music industry in 1984 while the hitmakers of that era often find their heyday behind them. Read more…

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Evil Twinsies! These Heavy Metal Magazine Characters Look Just Like Real-Life Heavy Metal Musicians

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Since the late ‘70s, horny sci-fi fans have been ogling the pages of Heavy Metal magazine for its mix of adult-oriented fantasy comics and erotica-inspired artwork. Originating in France in 1975 under the name Métal Hurlant, which translates to “Howling Metal,” the magazine’s American publishers decided a name change was in order for the U.S. market. What better name than that of a certain musical movement — wink, Heavy Metal — that was ascending into the mainstream from the fringes of rock. Read more…

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When Rockers Attack: On Stage Fights + Band Beatdowns Caught On Film!

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Despite their prerequisite badass image most musicians use their hands for playing their instruments and not fisticuffs. There are however some genuine tough guys out there in the world of rock n’ roll who are not afraid to put up their dukes and get nice with their mitts. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has always had a deadly scowl and don’t trespass on his stage lest you feel like catching a guitar in the dome. Punk legend Henry Rollins was known for generating hostility during his tenure with the mighty Black Flag and was not above mixing it up with bellicose audience members. And of course who can forget Axl Rose’s numerous on-stage temper tantrums and riot inciting assault of the crowd in St. Louis? Thanks to the internet you can see the play by play of some of the most infamous on-stage beatdowns in rock history so sit back and see what happens When Rockers Attack!


Keith Richards’ Wailing Guitar
John Lennon’s murder by a fan fresh in his mind, The Rolling Stones resident outlaw wasn’t having it when a fan jumped on stage. Thankfully Fender Telecasters are among the more durable guitars on the market.


Axl Rose Attacks Fan, Starts Riot
The mighty mouth of Guns N’ Roses is known for his mercurial temperament and this night really, really did not want having his picture taken. The ensuing melee led to a massive riot for which Rose was later arrested but not convicted for inciting.

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WE GOT POWER! Author Dave Markey Discusses His Book Focused On The ’80s LA Hardcore Punk Explosion

Front cover of WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California.

The hardcore punk scene of the 1980s was a hands-on sub-culture, ignored for the most part by the mainstream music press and recording industry. It existed in its own world, one created and shaped by the bands and their fans and documented by fanzines and independent record labels. Early ‘80s fanzine We Got Power, run by post-adolescent punk rockers David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, dispatched reports from the front-lines of the huge and thriving Los Angeles scene to hardcore kids nationwide. Almost 30 years after their last issue went to press, Bazillion Points Books has released WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California. Not just a reprint of the fanzine’s original 6 issues —though they’re in there too— the book contains nearly 400 photographs that chronicle the early ’80s LA scene with firsthand accounts from some of its biggest luminaries including Henry Rollins of Black Flag and member of Suicidal Tendencies and the Circle Jerks. We spoke to Markey —also known for his movie 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which captured the moment when hardcore-informed alternative rock went mainstream— recently about the book, the zine and the era. Read more…