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Document Ypsi 2017 …next weekend

A few days ago, while walking aimlessly through downtown Ypsilanti, I found myself trying to remember what Pears, the men’s clothing store that used to be 100 West Michigan Avenue, in the space now occupied by Dalat, used to sell. All I can picture is a rack of very old, wide-collared “Playboy” brand pajamas, all […]

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Remember when John Doe told us that he was going to write a book of his own about the origins of LA punk? Well he’s gone and done it. “Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk” is now in stores.

In an interview I did with John Doe of the band X a year or so back, he mentioned that he was writing a book of his own to set the record straight with regard to the history of the LA punk scene. [As you might recall, he wasn’t too happy with the job former […]

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The Patti Smith Group’s Ivan Král on the origins of punk, Anne Brown on her platform for the Michigan House, and restaurant owner Bee Roll on her bumpy, awesome year… on episode 39 of the Saturday Six Pack

I’ve fallen behind in my write-ups of past episodes. I’m sorry about that. I thought, since we were off the air these last two weeks, I’d get caught up, but other things kept getting in the way. [Speaking of which, I may have something relatively big to announce in a few week’s time.] Last night, […]

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Ivan Kral takes us behind the scenes at the birth of New York punk, Anne Brown shares her platform for the State House, and Bee Roll reflects on how being “Ypsilantian of the Year” has changed her life… on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

A month or so ago, we had local entrepreneur Steffan Graf of on the show, talking about his life on the road with Grand Funk Railroad, and how he went from opening for Led Zeppelin to designing residential lighting systems for the likes of Keith Richards. Well, after we turned the off the mics, Graf […]

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The Ann Arbor music scene, from Paul Robeson to Frank Allison …on episode 28 of the Saturday Six Pack

After the last several episodes, where we had so many guests, and so many things to get through, I enjoyed the relaxed pace of this most recent edition of the Saturday Six Pack. I’d left us a lot of breathing room when planning the show, thinking that, just maybe, Marshall Crenshaw might stop by, seeing […]

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