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Patti Smith Snags National Book Award

Memoir about relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe wins nonfiction prize

(Newser) - Patti Smith was the darling of last night's National Book Award ceremony, where she won the nonfiction prize for her memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids. "I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,"... More »

McQueen's Ex: Enough With the Fake Crying

Here's looking at you, Rachel Zoe and Patti Smith

(Newser) - Just days after celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was too “distraught” over Alexander McQueen’s death to attend a Project Runway fashion show, the designer’s ex-partner called out fashion world “hangers-on” for their meaningless condolences. “It's been fashion, fashion, fashion,” George Forsyth tells the Daily Mail... More »

Poet, Punk Rocker Jim Carroll Dead at 60

Won fame with The Basketball Diaries

(Newser) - Poet and punk rocker Jim Carroll, 60, died of a heart attack Friday in his Manhattan home, the New York Times reports. Carroll is best known for The Basketball Diaries, a book about his experiences as a heroin-addicted basketball star in a New York City private school. A consummate New... More »

MoMa Shines Light on NYC's Punk Revolution

Materials by Patti Smith, Ramones showcase cultural shift

(Newser) - New York’s Museum of Modern Art is showcasing the gritty glamour of the city’s 1970s and early ’80s music scene, where punk, New Wave, DIY, and noise rock ruled, Rolling Stone reports. New Yorkers were feeling alienated—the city was bankrupt in 1975; President Ford told it... More »

Punk Rock Impresario Kristal Dead

NYC club CBGB launched some of movement's top acts

(Newser) - Hilly Kristal, whose iconic club CBGB was the epicenter of American punk rock, died yesterday at 75 after a battle with lung cancer. The New York venue—fully titled CBGB & OMFUG, or "Country, Bluegrass and Blues & Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandisers"—showcased the Ramones, the Talking... More »

Put Your Best Line Forward

Attention-grabbing openers stand the test of time

(Newser) - It's good to lead off with a bang, especially if your business is song lyrics. Spinner.com lists the 25 best opening lines:
  1. "She's a very kinky girl" (Rick James, "Superfreak")
  2. "I was born in a cross-fire hurricane" (The Rolling Stones, "Jumpin' Jack Flash")
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