Punk rock never dies.
Punk rock never dies.
In case you haven't heard, there's a big punk music festival happening in Oakland, California this upcoming holiday weekend. It's called Burger Boogaloo and our highest-ranking "filth elder," Mr. John Waters himself, is emceeing it for the third year in a row. Burger Boogaloo is a popular event 'round these parts and this year will be no exception, as Iggy Pop headlines, along with the Buzzcocks and X.
In a recent interview with Jeremy Tarr of Fodor's Travel, Mr. Waters shared his thoughts about the event. Here's what he said about seeing punks in the audience:
"It's punks of all ages. It's from nouveau punks to punk nostalgia, which is pretty great to watch... Some of them I see are older. You never thought punks could be oldies but badies – not oldies but goodies. It's just exciting to see a grandmother pogo dancing as much as it is to see a 14-year-old kid being a punk for the first time. "
And his familiarity with the musicians in the 2017 lineup:
"Some of them I've never heard of and I don't know. That's what I like so much … But, I know John Doe and X. I've known Iggy for years. Iggy was in my movies. I've become friends with Shannon [Shaw, lead singer of Shannon and the Clams] and that gang. I am a fan really... Though, I think probably being the oldest person there – I don't know – how old is Iggy? I don't know who's older.Read the rest
Scott Harding's 11-hour Spotify playlist of punk rock starts in 1965 with "Goo Goo Muck," by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads (I thought The Cramps wrote it until now), follows with bands like ? & The Mysterians, the Stooges, MC5, the Velvet Underground, The New York Dolls, and others before moving onto familiar names. Lots of good stuff in here.
Quartier Latin in Berlin. Rose Bonbon in Paris. Hammersmith Palais in London. Some of the most iconic punk and rock clubs of the 80s and 90s are remembered by patrons and musicians, juxtaposed with shots of what they became after closing.
Bonus video: an edit of Last Man in Hammersmith Palais, outlining the venue's storied history.
In September 2015, Piers Morgan interviewed John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) for a one hour special. Lydon was smart, funny, and very entertaining.
He was entertaining when Tom Snyder interviewed him in 1980, but in an entirely different way:
Someone with more editing skills than me should make a video of the old and new Lydon having conversation with himself.
Remember when MAD magazine was still making fun of hippies well into the late 1970s? Dangerous Minds' gallery of stock photos of punks going wild in streets has a similar vibe.
[Video Link: "The Uukhai Documentary," dir. Odmandakh Bataa]
Michelle Borok is a culture-blogger from Los Angeles who has expatriated to Mongolia, where she is raising a family. She shares word of a really cool project there that could use your help:
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This new film by Uukhai, a Mongolian skateboarding association, sheds intimate, honest and unpretentious light on a growing community in Ulaanbaatar. The video features interviews with skaters involved with the organization, and tons of footage of street skating shot this summer.