Hillbilly Moon Explosion


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Today in Punk Rock History: The Ramones Final Show


20 years ago today the Ramones performed their final concert at the Palace in Los Angeles.



I wasn’t at that show, but I did get to see them in another state on their final tour.





Fight for VA-Funded Service Dogs Takes Next Step


Please contact your representatives about this. It is up in both the House and the Senate. Service dogs make life livable again and should be a part of the most basic things that the VA provides to our veterans!

Senators Deb Fischer (R., Neb.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) introduced the bill, known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members (PAWS) Act. It would create a pilot program at the VA to provide veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder with trained service dogs and veterinarian care. The veteran would also be required to make quarterly mental ouseealth check ups at their local VA facility to remain eligible for the program.

The bill authorizes $10 million per year to fund the pilot program, which will run from fiscal year 2017 to 2022. It’s House counterpart, introduced in March, has already accumulated 97 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle and is currently awaiting hearings in the Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Senate’s version of the PAWS Act was introduced in a bipartisan effort to extend Veterans Affair

Source: Fight for VA-Funded Service Dogs Takes Next Step


Cherry the pit bull, rescued from Michael Vick’s fighting ring, gets to play with kittens | MNN – Mother Nature Network



Cherry Garcia had a tough start to life. He was rescued from an illegal dog fighting ring on Michael Vick’s property. But things are looking up.

Source: Cherry the pit bull, rescued from Michael Vick’s fighting ring, gets to play with kittens | MNN – Mother Nature Network


This is so amazing! You have to watch the video. What a sweet, sweet dog.

Michael Vick should have been put away for life, or worse.

And, shame on the NFL for letting him play again!

But, you know what? This rescue story is so much more rewarding than any punishment he could have received.



Iggy Pop for President!!!


I absolutely must have this!

Iggy Pop for President t-shirt


A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: ‘It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts’ : NPR


John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk’s early days. “Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there,” Cervenka says. “[It] didn’t matter how old you were.”

Source: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: ‘It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts’ : NPR


You can read the article or listen to the interview. I’m going to start reading Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, by John Doe and Tom DeSavia, this week. I’ll check back in with a review.





Iggy Pop, Dylan Thomas, Cannes


Iggy Pop will be speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity tomorrow. He is featured in the “The Grey 10th Annual Music Seminar: Do Not Go Gentle” at 3:00 Cannes time. That’s 9:00am EDT, 6:00am PDT in the US. He will be interviewed by Grey London chairman and chief creative officer Nils Leonard.

As a promo for the event, Iggy recited Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night in this video.


Leonard said of Iggy, “2016 will be the year we lost heroes. But I worry that people are starting to wait for the next cultural figurehead to mourn, and it’s bullshit. Like the world’s worst meme. Incredible living artists and icons continue to challenge and define our culture, and Iggy is their viking king. Iggy has shrugged off what age is supposed to mean, convention, and expectation. He’s grown old disgracefully and successfully. He is a real-life beautiful and vicious inspiration.”


Iggy’s latest album, Post Pop Depression was released in March, 2016.


The Other F Word


Happy Father’s Day!



The Other F Word came out in 2011, but I thought today was a good day to remind you to check it out!

It’s a documentary about punk rock dads, including:

Tony Adolescent – The Adolescents

Art Alexakis – Everclear

Rob Chaos – Total Chaos

Joe Escalante – The Vandals

Josh Freese – A Perfect Circle , The Vandals, Devo

Fat Mike – NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Flea – Anthym, Fear, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Lars Frederiksen – Rancid, Lars Fredrikson and the Bastards, The Old Firm Casuals

Matt Freeman – Operation Ivy, Rancid, Downfall, Generator, MDC

Jack Grisham – T.S.O.L., Joykiller, Tender Fury, Cathedral of Tears, Jack Grisham and the West Coast Dukes

Brett Gurewitz – Bad Religion, Daredevils, Error

Tony Hawk – professional skateboarder

Greg Hetson – Redd Kross, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Black President, Punk Rock Karaoke

Mark Hoppus – Blink-182

Jim Lindberg – Pennywise, The Black Pacific

Mike McDermott – The Bouncing Souls

Tim McIlrath – Rise Against

Mark Mothersbaugh – Devo

Duane Peters – U.S. Bombs, Political Crap, Die’ Hunns, Duane Peters Gunfight, Exploding Fuckdolls, professional skateboarder

Joe Sib – WAX, co-owner Sideonedummy Records

Ron Reyes – Black Flag

Rick Thorne – Good Guys in Black, professional BMX rider




Book Review: Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years) a Punk Rock Love Story

I fell in love with the Ramones the first time I saw Rock‘n’ Roll High School, when I was 10 years old. To this day they are one of my favorite bands, possibly my very favorite. So, when I heard about this book on Marky’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, I had to check it out. I am so glad I did.
Poisoned Heart, by Vera Ramone King, is the story of Dee Dee Ramone and the life that Vera and Dee Dee spent together, told in a way that no one but Vera could tell it. The book keeps you reading. It has a quick pace and gives insights into the behind-the-scenes life of the Ramones and the tension within the band that may come as a shock to many fans.
Although preceded by a few legendary bands such as Iggy Pop and the Stooges and The New York Dolls, the Ramones are considered by many to be the first punk rock band in history. The Ramones came before the Sex Pistols, and were together for over 20 years. They had a unique sound and style which immediately won over their audience, but the radio stations would not play their songs and it took years of hard work and constant touring for them even begin to get the recognition they deserved.
Dee Dee was a prolific songwriter and wrote most of their songs. Even after he left the band, he continued to write for them. By the time Vera and Dee Dee met, in 1977, the Ramones were well established on the live music scene and had released three albums, but it was not easy going. They struggled to make ends meet and save up for their own place.
Dee Dee and Vera married in September, 1978. They were very much in love, and the love that they held for each other endured through all the hard times and even after they parted ways after 12 years as a couple. In the beginning, Vera could never have guessed what was to come. Dee Dee became the center of her universe. He struggled constantly with his addictions and was eventually diagnosed as bipolar. Holding Dee Dee together, and sometimes just keeping him alive, was more than a full-time job for Vera. It was 24/7.
Just reading Poisoned Heart is an emotional rollercoaster. The ups and downs of Vera’s life with Dee Dee were so extreme, but yet she manages to tell the story with balance. She tells us about Dee Dee’s great side, how loving and thoughtful he could be to her, how generous he was to others, and what a talented man he was. She does not hold back in describing his bad side, either. Dee Dee put her through Hell, and more than once came close to killing her. But she never dwells or wallows in self-pity over those episodes. She tells it all in a very straight-forward manner. Vera tells us about Dee Dee’s demons, giving us an insight into why he behaved the way he did, without making excuses for it.
Vera wrote this book to tell Dee Dee’s story. She wants us to remember him for his good points and the way he touched people’s lives, not just the turmoil and self-destruction that is so often a part of the image. But make no mistake, this book is Vera’s story, too, and her story in itself is both amazing and inspiring.
The Ramones were one of the most influential bands of all time. Dee Dee and Vera Ramone were often called the Royal Couple of Punk Rock. Poisoned Heart is Vera’s story of their time together.

I originally published this review on Associated Content in 2010. Shortly thereafter, Associated Content became Yahoo! Voices. Then in 2014, Yahoo! Voices shut down. Now I am discovering that some of my articles, including this review, have been stolen and republished without credit. For those who want to know more about that story, here is an article about that subject by another former Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor Network author.

Man who taped up dog, leaving it to die, gets two years | Windsor News – Breaking News & Latest Headlines | Windsor Star


Man who taped up dog, leaving it to die, gets two years | Windsor News – Breaking News & Latest Headlines | Windsor Star

A man who taped a dog’s muzzle shut, bound its legs and and left it to die in a field will spend the next two years in a federal penitentiary.

Justice, a dog who was bound at the feet and mouth with electrical tape and then discarded to die, continues to heal while in care at the Windsor/Essex Humane Society.

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