Anyone with a half way decent record collection and half working brain knows New York City is the birthplace of punk. And I'm not trying to start beef here; I'm just trying to lay down some truth.
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This week our sister paper the L.A. Weekly ran a wrongheaded article, "Why L.A. Is More Punk Than New York," that somehow managed to exalt Jim Morrison of the Doors while throwing shade at the New York Dolls. We know. We couldn't believe it either.
Because, it doesn't matter whether or not punks from California or Ohio were looking for inspiration from the U.K. rather than the right side of their own country; we all know it all derives from the stank of the Lower East Side, the swagger that comes from the Burrough of Queens and all the various fucked-up miscreants that have dwelled there.More »