This week Christopher Long brings home a doozie. FULL DISCLOSURE: he didn’t discover it at a garage sale, and it sure wasn’t cheap. However, the near-mint copy of Beauty’s Only Skin Deep, the debut 1978 solo LP from Cherie Currie, is his most sought-after score of 2023!
Sound City (Burger Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Unvarnished (Blackheart Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
The history of Bizarre Records, Frank Zappa’s personal label, and all the oddball bands he signed.
Teenage Neon Jungle (Rare and Unreleased) (Songtree). Review by Andrew Ellis.
…but James Mann offers a review of two books on the subject that should be: Steven Blush’s American Hardcore: A Tribal History and Mark Spitz and Brendan Mullen’s We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk.
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Just in time for the heavy metal Christmas shopping season, European author Alexandros Anesiadis delivers his latest — a thorough and riveting encyclopedia-type account of the hard-working DIY American bands that created an important underground music scene that’s well worth remembering.