Late Night FDL: Punk Rock Rebels, Repressive Regimes Fight Back

By: Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00 pm

Rock and roll has been the music of rebellion and social change since the 1950s, and each successive wave of youths have discovered its power (chords) and embraced its do-it-yourself aesthetic. Punk rock and technology, from cassette tapes to MP3 and file sharing have made music the most easily understood and easy to identify mode of rebellious self-expression. The music, lyrics, and yes, fashion have been and are still threatening to the powers that be: Los Angeles Police chief Daryl Gates viewed punk rock, especially the band Black Flag, as a major threat, regularly sending in riot cops for their shows and says Black Flag drummer Greg Cameron:

 

The Go-Go’s Get Star on Hollywood Blvd: All Girl Band Broke Stereotypes. And the Top 40!

By: Friday August 12, 2011 4:45 am

The Go-Go’s were the first band to come out of the LA punk scene to break Billboard’s Top 40. And, more importantly, The Go-Go’s were the first all-female band to top the charts who wrote their own music and played their own instruments. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, held the number one spot on the Billboard chart for six consecutive weeks and went triple platinum, selling over 3 million copies.

Late Night: Rock and Roll Will Never Die

By: Tuesday October 13, 2009 8:19 pm

I loved Brendan Mullen, I loved how he changed our world. he will be sadly missed. And during the process of seeing him pass yesterday with his beloved wife Kateri, his friend of 32 yrs/bandmate Steve and his cousin Naill, I saw as well true compassion from the doctors and nurses in the ICU, I [...]

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