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Johnny Ramones’ Autobiography: An Excerpt

March 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Yes, Johnny passed in 2004 from prostate cancer.  But finally, the autobiography he'd been working on at the time of his death is ready.  My guess that it's taken this long because it was in rough shape and needed massaging an rewriting by a ghost, not that uncommon a thing in the world of autobiographies.

Here's an excerpt from Commando:  The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone which is due April 2:

For all my success with the Ramones, I carried around fury and intensity during my career. I had an image, and that image was anger. I was the one who was always scowling, downcast. I tried to make sure I looked like that when I was getting my picture taken.

When I was younger, I was ready to go off at any time. My wife, Linda, and I would go out to the Limelight in New York, and I would see people and be able to freeze them with a look. People were even too scared of me to tell me that people were scared of me.

Batman: The Musical

March 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

It’s not new.  Batman Live has been touring through Latin America, the UK and Europe for some time now. And

UK Rock Stars Who Dodge Taxes Being Outed

March 19th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The UK has a long history of gouging rock stars for taxes.  Take the case of the Rolling Stones, who moved to France in order to escape an 83% tax rate.  The result was Exile on Mainstreet.  

Bowie moved to Switzerland for much the same reason.  Members of Pink Floyd all left the UK for a year to avoid getting soaked.  Bad Company, Rod Stewart, even Cat Stevens bailed on the UK rather than give more than 80% of their income to the government.  

More recently, U2 moved their business dealings out of Ireland to the much more tax-friendly confines of the Netherlands.

Hell, if you spent your entire life trying to become successful, wouldn't you want to keep as much money as you could for yourself?  I would.

What Created the Vinyl Resurgence? Digital

March 19th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I've long believed that one of the primary reasons vinyl has refused to die is because it's so damned inconvenient.  To be a vinyl junkie is to put up with old-school audio gear, forgoing the ability to skip tracks, having to turn over an album halfway through and all the other mechanical/physical things that go along with this analogue medium.

Vinyl freaks wear these burdens like a badge of honour.  "See how much I love music?  I'm willing to put up with all these old-fashioned inconveniences for the sake of a more pure and physically tangible musical experience."

I totally get that.  There's a certain proud sense of martyrdom that goes along with being into vinyl.

This discussion came up at SXSW over the last couple of days.  From Digital Music News:

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