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Punk Icon Patti Smith In Contention For Times Book Prize

Punk icon Patti Smith‘s literary skills have again landed her book world honours – she’ll be among the top writers competing for this year’s (11) coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The “Because The Night” rocker, social critic Christopher Hitchens and novelist Jonathan Franzen will be among the finalists. Smith picked up the top prize […]

Patti Smith Writing Detective Novel

  Punk icon Patti Smith is set to follow her recent U.S. National Book Awards success by penning a detective novel set in London. The Because The Night singer announced her latest literary venture during a lecture at London’s Royal Geographic Society’s Intelligence Squared series on Wednesday night. She explained, “I’ve been working on a […]

What If The Famed NYC Max’s Kansas City Never Existed?…

Max’s Kansas City was the place where the art, music and fashion worlds collided. It provided a breeding ground for artistic expression – “the intersection of everything” according to William S. Burroughs. Lionized friendships where cultivated, bold collaborations where birthed and cultural milestones all happened within the walls of the two-story bar on Park Avenue and 17th St. Let’s […]

An Interview With Rock and Roll Author Mark Bego On His New Memoir

 Paperback Writer (Publish America) is the humorous and star-studded memoir of best-selling celebrity author Mark Bego. With 56 books in print, two New York Times best-sellers, a Los Angeles Times best-seller, and a Chicago Tribune best-seller, Bego has made a career out of interviewing media stars, and writing books about their lives.  His most recent release was 2009’s internationally published Elton John: The Bitch is Back.  In Paperback […]

Entertainment Journalist Mark Bego’s Paperback Writer: A Memoir

   Paperback Writer (Publish America) is the humorous and star-studded memoir of best-selling celebrity author Mark Bego.  With 56 books in print, two New York Times best-sellers, a Los Angeles Times best-seller, and a Chicago Tribune best-seller, Bego has made a career out of interviewing media stars, and writing books about their lives.  His most recent release was 2009’s internationally published Elton John: The Bitch is […]

Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser Talk Twilight Eclipse

Source: LATimes.com Photo: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment   In “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which hits theaters June 30, Seattle is ravaged by a series of killings caused by an army of newborn vampires controlled by revenge-seeking bloodsucker Victoria. To combat the threat against Bella ( Kristen Stewart) in this third installment of the franchise, the […]

“I Need That Record” Doc w/ Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Noam Chomksy, Mike Watt, Lenny Kaye and More

MVD Visual is pleased to announce the release of “I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store” for North American distribution on April 17 (Record Store Day). It will be offered exclusively to independent record stores for a period of 90 days. Afterwards, it will be available everywhere on July 27. Guerilla filmmaker Brendan […]

DAVID BOWIE: “A Reality Tour” Q&A

  Since its release in late January (2010), David Bowie’s new live two-CD set A Reality Tour (ISO RECORDS and COLUMBIA/LEGACY, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT), has earned vast critical praise.  Here’s a sampling of the accolades for a set list that merged BOWIE classics with 10 songs from his Heathen (2002) and Reality(2003) albums. In this Q&A below, Bowie talks about […]

Fashion Week–LNA Presentation After Party, Patti Smith, Metric and More!

  Images: Courtesy of Images by: Mark Iantosca/LNA In the spirit of LnA’s edgy rock and roll aesthetic, the brand’s fashion week presentation and After party last night embodied that which designers Lauren Ashley and April Leight have always envisioned their New Fashion Week debut would be. Unveiled at The Penthouse at Milk Studios, set to the […]

A Look Back At: John Waters’ A Dirty Shame

Text © M.A.Cassata Originally published in Cleavage Magazine October 2004 (Image): Coutresy of New Line Cinema     If you ever meet John Waters, don’t call him a cultural icon, he may be offended.  After all, here’s a brilliant man whose entire career has been devoted to the bursting open wide mainstream culture.  But nonetheless, from his […]