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R.E.M. Call It A Day

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M. R.E.M.HQ: NEWS

R.E.M. will release a career-spanning Greatest Hits album through Warner Brothers in November.

I remember seeing them around 1982-83 when "Chronic Town" and "Murmur" came out. They played at a roller rink in Stony Brook, NY. Opening band was Dream Syndicate.

Wikipeda: R.E.M.
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A History of Indie Music

A history of indie music -
50 key moments, as chosen by Guardian and Observer writers. What would you include in your version of indie history?

Ian Mackaye - Soft Focus | VBS.TV

Ian Mackaye - Soft Focus | VBS.TV
Mythic DC punk rock figures Ian Mackaye and Ian Svenonius in a friendly, funny, compelling debate.

R.I.P. Martin Rushent


Producer Martin Rushent dies aged 63 - NME.COM: Rushent started his career as an engineer in the 1970s, working on records by acts including Fleetwood Mac and T. Rex. He went on to produce The Human League's 1981 classic album 'Dare'. He also worked with Buzzcocks, XTC, The Go-Gos and Altered Images and The Stranglers.

Wikipedia: Martin Rushent

Facebook: Martin Rushent Memories

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Congrats to Kate and William

The Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

R.I.P. Poly Styrene

"Poly Styrene, best known as the frontwoman with 1970s punk group X-Ray Spex, has died. Styrene was receiving treatment for an advanced form of breast cancer when she passed away yesterday (Monday 25 April). She was 53." -

Wikipedia: X-Ray Spex

Official Website:

Video: X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours! - youtube

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RIP Joey Ramone - 10 Years Gone

10 years ago today, Punk Rock pioneer Joey Ramone, died of lymphatic cancer. He was 49.

Joey Ramone - What A Wonderful World

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Big Audio Dynamite To Reunite


The Clash Mick Jones reforms Big Audio Dynamite with Original Line Up | The Clash Site: "The original Big Audio Dynamite is back! The groundbreaking rock-hiphop-reggae outfit formed by Mick Jones in the wake of The Clash will reunite after twenty five years for a series of international live dates, spearheaded by an appearance at the Coachella Arts and Music Festival on 16th April and full UK tour in March/April."

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R.I.P. Don Kirshner


Rock promoter Don Kirshner has died of heart failure in a Florida hospital at age 76. Time magazine once dubbed him the "Man With the Golden Ear". The Bronx-born Kirshner got his start during the late 50s with partner Al Nevins and their Aldon Music publishing company, whose roster of songwriters included the likes of Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, Carole King, and more. In the 1960s he married bubblegum to television with two manufactured, semifictitious bands: the Monkees and the cartoon Archies.

Many of you may remember him as the host of the TV show "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" in 1970s which gave national exposure to musicians such as KISS, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Police and many many others.

The Ramones on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert", August 9, 1977
Track List: Loudmouth, Judy is a Punk, Glad to See You Go, Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment.

The New York Dolls on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert"

Don Kirshner

READ MORE: Remembering Don Kirshner, Who Influenced Pop From the Brill Building to Bubblegum | Rolling Stone Music

SEE MORE: Google Video Search: Don Kirshner

Sid Vicious, and the Death of Nancy Spungen


On this date in 1979, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. He didn't live to hear the verdict. He died a month later from a heroin overdose.

Full story: Sex Pistols Sid Vicious, and the Death of Nancy Spungen — "Trouble in Room 100" — Crime Library on

Sid and Nancy movie trailer

Watch the full movie online here:
Google Video: Sid and Nancy

Wikipedia: Sid Vicious

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