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Dead Kennedys Drummer Dies in Accidental Fall
Dead Kennedys Drummer
Dies in Accidental Fall

Dead Kennedys Drummer Dies in Accidental Fall

"I feel like I’ve been hit by a train,' Jello Biafra says of DH Peligro's death

(Newser) - DH Peligro, longtime drummer for seminal California punk band the Dead Kennedys, has died at age 63. He died Friday at his Los Angeles home, and police at the scene "stated that he died from trauma to the head caused by an accidental fall," the band said in...

Son Charged With Murdering His Punk Pioneer Father

Son of Gord Lewis is charged with his murder

(Newser) - Gord Lewis, guitarist for pioneering Canadian punk band Teenage Head, was found dead Sunday—and his son has been arrested in the case. Jonathan Lewis, 41, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lewis, 65, the CBC reports. The band, which formed in the 1970s, said in a...

'Johnny Rotten' Loses Sex Pistols Lawsuit

Judge says punk band's songs can be used in upcoming Disney-backed series

(Newser) - A British judge ruled Monday that songs by punk trailblazers the Sex Pistols can be used in a forthcoming TV series despite the opposition of former frontman John Lydon. Ex-Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook sued the singer, once known as Johnny Rotten, after he tried to block...

A 'Punk Legend' Is Dead at 56
A 'Punk Legend'
Is Dead at 56

A 'Punk Legend' Is Dead at 56

Kim Shattuck was the frontwoman for the Muffs, appeared in other bands including the Pixies

(Newser) - Kim Shattuck, the guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known as the frontwoman for the Muffs, died Wednesday at age 56, NPR reports. Shattuck, whom Jezebel calls a "Los Angeles punk legend," had suffered from ALS for two years, though she never announced the diagnosis publicly. She formed the...

Moscow Court Yanks Pussy Riot Video From Web

Says cathedral performance was extremist

(Newser) - Pussy Riot's band members are sealed away in a labor camp , and a Moscow court is looking to similarly vanquish video of their controversial "punk prayer" performance into the ether. The court today ruled that the clip should be removed from the web, reports the AP , with the...

Don't Let Pussy Riot Be the New Kony 2012

Keep the focus on activism, not punk rock: Joshua Foust

(Newser) - The world's anger at Russia over its treatment of Pussy Riot seems to be moving in the wrong direction. Yes, we should decry the country's clampdown on activism. What we shouldn't be so concerned about is the fact that the victims, in this case, happen to be...

Sikh Temple Shooter Heavily Involved in Skinhead Scene

Wade Michael Page a member of 2 white power music groups

(Newser) - More details are emerging on Wade Michael Page , the Army vet suspected of killing six at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, and his involvement in white supremacist groups . Over the past 10 years, Page played guitar and sang in at least two skinhead punk bands, Fox News reports: Definite Hate...

Punk Rock Frontman Switching Sexes

Punk rocker Tom Gabel becoming Laura Jane Grace

(Newser) - Tom Gabel, lead singer of punk rockers Against Me!, is about to become the band's frontwoman. Gabel—soon to be known as Laura Jane Grace—has decided to begin living as a woman and will soon start taking hormones. She says she has long struggled with a condition known...

Punk Band Faces 7 Years for Putin Protest

Women denied bail after 'blasphemous' church stunt

(Newser) - Three members of a feminist punk band are being harshly punished for mocking Vladimir Putin in a protest inside Russia's main Orthodox church. The trio were among five members of Pussy Riot who rushed to the pulpit during a service earlier this year, and chanted: "Mother Mary, drive...

Save Sex Pistols Graffiti, Archeologists Plead

Johnny Rotten cartoons 'can be compared to cave paintings'

(Newser) - Graffiti scrawled on the walls of a London flat by the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten in the '70s is worth preserving and can be compared to ancient cave paintings, top archaeologists are arguing. Researchers who studied the graffiti in an apartment once occupied by the punk pioneers call the...

The Clash's 'London Calling' Now an Olympics Jingle

Punk battle cry being used to lure tourists

(Newser) - It was probably only a matter of time before the establishment appropriated the ultimate anti-establishment anthem. Olympic organizers are using "London Calling" by The Clash in ads to draw tourists to the 2012 summer games in England, reports NPR . It's a little bit of an odd choice, considering...

Johnny Rotten Open to Sex Pistols Reunion

Pioneer punk frontman thinks band could record again

(Newser) - It's been 33 years since the Sex Pistols recorded their now-classic Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols—and the band, despite its legendary status, hasn't recorded any new music since then. However frontman John Lydon—better known as Johnny Rotten—tells Stereogum that could all change. After a...

Sex Pistols Manager Dead
 Sex Pistols Manager Dead 
punk pioneer

Sex Pistols Manager Dead

Malcolm McLaren helped launch punk rock

(Newser) - British music personality Malcolm McClaren, who managed the Sex Pistols and helped define the '70s punk rock movement, has died of cancer at age 64. In the mid-'70s, McLaren was running a clothing boutique, which he'd renamed from "Let It Rock" to "Sex," when he became aware...

Don't Sprint to See The Runaways
 Don't Sprint 
 to See The Runaways 

Don't Sprint to See The Runaways

Dakota Fanning-Kristen Stewart vehicle divides critics

(Newser) - Critics praise the performances in The Runaways, about Joan Jett's seminal '70s band, but whether the flick succeeds is up for debate. Some takes:
  • "Say what you will about the Runaways," Peter Travers writes in Rolling Stone , but "they never played it safe. The movie does."

Muslims, Hindus Make Beautiful Punk Music Together

'Taqwacore' bands seize their moment in the spotlight

(Newser) - From the basement of a middle-class home west of Boston, the Kominas have helped launch an unlikely trend. A son of Indian immigrants, trained in classical violin and raised on traditional Punjab music, the 25-year-old electric guitarist Arjun Ray is getting his three Pakistani-American bandmates in sync, with the goal...

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