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Kembrew McLeod

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 16, 2017

Before George Harris III became Hibiscus and founded the genderfluid theater troupe the Cockettes, he put on shows with his family in Florida during the early 1960s. The oldest of...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 4, 2017

In 2008, the Cool Kids were “bringing ’88 back,” channeling a stripped-down eighties boom-bap rap aesthetic for a new generation. “When we started,” Sir Mike told me in advance of...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 14, 2017

For a band that was originally conceived as a goof, Younger has rapidly transformed into one of Iowa City’s best rock bands -- exploding with energy, intricate arrangements, barbed lyrics...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Feb 14, 2017

From Tristan Tzara’s Vingt-Cinq Poemes. Etching by Hans Arp.From the collection of the International Dada Archive, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries Andrei Codrescu: Documenting Dada/Disseminating Dada Shambaugh Auditorium --...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jan 17, 2017

Bibbe Hansen (right) & Edie Sedgwick on the set of Andy Warhol's 1965 film, 'Prison'.--photo by Billy Name, courtesy of the Billy Name Estate and Dagon James A single family’s...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Dec 6, 2016

Photo by Zak Neumann Before Bart Simpson did it, though long after Faust, I sold my soul. This prank permanently cemented my status as a vaguely remembered factoid: “The guy...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 1, 2016

Rhys Chatham Gabe’s -- Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. Tickets available here Photo courtesy of Rhys Chatham Punk pioneers the Ramones stripped their music down to three chords, creating...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 20, 2016

John Waters -- “Filthier and Dirtier” The Englert Theatre -- Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Illustration by Blair Gauntt Prepare yourself. Hide the children. John Waters -- the Auteur...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 19, 2016

Danny Says, Art House Theater Day FilmScene -- Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. A young Danny Fields in a still from Brendan Toller's documentary 'Danny Says.' Danny Fields is...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 2, 2016

Martin Rev, Debbie Harry and Alan Vega, proving there's no place they can't look cool -- photo by Chris Stein For a man who fronted a group named Suicide, Alan...

Lendon Sadler
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jun 14, 2016

Lendon Sadler as gospel star Mahalia Jackson -- still from Milton Miron’s film, Tricia’s Wedding, starring the Cockettes Plenty of dicks have lived in Iowa City over the years, but...

Rolling Stone cover
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 23, 2016

UI Law professor Nicholas Johnson served on the FCC from 1966-73 -- image via Rolling Stone, Issue #79, Apr. 1, 1971.Nicholas Johnson -- who is likely the only Iowa City...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 18, 2016

Writer, actress and photographer Lisa Jane Persky is surely the only participant in the early CBGB punk scene who also appeared in When Harry Met Sally. After moving to Greenwich...

David Bowie
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Feb 19, 2016

Illustration by Jared Jewell The weekend after David Bowie’s death, the Starman’s spirit descended on Iowa City, sprinkling magical fairy dust during The Mill’s David Bowie Karaoke Party and Glam...

Richard Hell -- Illustration by Jacob Yeates
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 20, 2015

Illustration by Jacob Yeates "Fuck Rock and Roll (I’d Rather Read a Book),” Richard Hell sang in 1974, back when he played in the band Television. He also co-founded two...

Negativland
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 23, 2015

Remaining Negativland members say the group's long-running show, Over the Edge, will continue in some fashion. -- illustration by Jon Burns Negativland’s Don Joyce lived and breathed sound collage—'til his...