Monthly Archives: February 2014

Writers Against Putin

I’m mad now. PEN has been agitating around Russian repression and the Olympics since before the game started. For more information on how Putin has been trampling down gays and lesbians, journalists, and voices of dissent, check  out their website — and play their social media mashup game. Pussy Riot forever!

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Pussy Riot Sing Back

Pussy Riot incorporate video of themselves being whipped by Russian cossacks in their new video for the hard-rocking protest anthem “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland,” which, besides its geo-political significance, is a great song.

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Pussy Riot Whipped

This is horrific: Pussy Riot members whipped and pepper sprayed on the streets of Sochi. Between this and the violence in Kiev, I’m officially done watching the Hunger Games.

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Pussy Riot in the Sochi Streets

The Olympics are looking more like the Hunger Games every day. After being detained by Russian police on totally bogus charges, four members of Pussy Riot — including Nadja and Masha, and possibly a woman named Katniss — were released this morning, according to a BBC report. They promptly ran down the Sochi streets in their ski masks, screaming anti-Putin lyrics. Does this mean Bob Costas will have to say Pussy Riot again?

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Video: Aloud Queens Event with Exene

If you weren’t one of the lucky people who squeezed into the Los Angeles Central Library January 9 for Queens of Noise: Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now, you can now see for yourself just how funny and passionate my copanelists Exene Cervenka and Allison Wolfe were. The Aloud series has posted the video on Vimeo. We discuss Pussy Riot, Rock Camp for Girls, Riot Grrrl, Beyonce, the Runaways, and a lot more. If you want a piece of feminist punk history, Exene is selling off many of her earthly possessions at a sale that starts today.

Queens of Noise: Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now from ALOUDla on Vimeo.

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Rocking the Rock Hall Library

Evelyn McDonnell and Cliff Michalski

Evelyn McDonnell and Cliff Michalski at the Rock Hall Library

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Librarian Andy Leach, author Evelyn McDonnell, and discographer Omid Yamini

 

Evelyn McDonnell speaks at the Rock Hall Library + Archives

Evelyn McDonnell speaks at the Rock Hall Library + Archives

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Omid Yamini at the Rock Hall Library

I’m still processing my whirlwind weekend visit to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum, Library and Archives a couple weeks ago. It was an honor to argue the case for the importance of the Runaways within those sacred institutional walls. Plus Cleveland played a pivotal role in Runaways history, as I got to discuss with journalists and fans who were there for those famous Agora shows, including writer Cliff Michalski, who I had interviewed for the book. Queens of Noise discographer and Runaways archivist Omid Yamini joined me on the podium and in the back rooms of the archives. Here are some snapshots of the wintery weekend. All photos courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

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Take Me To Your Artist

Muddy Waters, John Lautner, Octavia E. Butler: Three writers (including me) chose these three artists to represent Earth to space aliens, if they were to happen to land on our planet. To figure out which was my pick, check out the Zocalo Public Square website.

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