Tag: Relix

Tapers Never Die

You kids have absolutely no idea how easy you’ve got it. When I was a lad hungry for live Grateful Dead tapes, gluttons like myself were often forced to interact with total strangers via snail mail, sending blank cassettes and return postage in order to score sketchy dupes of dupes of analog dupes. And we…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society, HeadCount Community

The Fugs: America’s First Radical Folk-Rockers

Co-founded by Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders in Manhattan’s East Village, the Fugs invented hippie political activist folk-rock in 1965 with their grammatically incorrect Folkways debut, The Village Fugs Sing Ballads of Contemporary Protest, Point of Views, and General Dissatisfaction. The group’s releases through the end of the decade combined protest music, English literature, and…

Posted in Music and Activism

The Fall And Rise Of Music Magazines

At least in part because you’re reading this instead of one of them, music magazines have been dropping and downsizing like mad over the past several months. Blender and Vibe are history, and both Rolling Stone and Spin have trimmed their staffs considerably in response to diminishing readership and ad pages. In today’s Slate, former…