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Kembrew McLeod

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 11, 2015

Sometimes rock and roll is stranger than fiction, and when you add experimental...

Studio 54
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Feb 23, 2015

Studio 54 inspired disco hits like Chic's "Freak Out." -- illustration by Lev Cantoral Studio 54 was more than just a nightclub -- it was a pop culture supernova. “To...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Dec 12, 2014

Performance artists and matrimonial ceremonies usually don’t mix, but the Village People have nonetheless been a wedding party staple for years...

Prairie Pop
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 17, 2014

Craig Leon made a name for himself producing the first New York punk records by The Ramones, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blondie and Suicide. But who knew...

Playground cover art
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 7, 2014

Paul Zone's new book Playground is a collection of photos of The Fast in its heyday. For every hitmaker that emerged from the mid-1970s New York punk scene, like Blondie...

Illustration by Jared Jewell
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 15, 2014

Last year, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his son Evan cooked up an out-of-this-world family project: a cover of David Bowie’s 1969 hit “Space Oddity...

Prairie Pop
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 7, 2014

For a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gary Lachman has had an unusual career trajectory. In the mid-1970s he joined Blondie as their boy wonder...

Giorgio Moroder
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 16, 2014

When Giorgio Moroder appears at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday, July 18, he’ll be the oldest artist there—by a long shot. Nevertheless, this 74-year-old...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 14, 2014

Neneh Cherry takes the stage on the first night of the festival, July 18. Giorgio Moroder singlehandedly invented the electro-rockin' sound of eurodisco, and since the late-1970s, European artists have...

An interview with Paul Krassner
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jun 16, 2014

In 1958, Paul Krassner founded The Realist, a magazine that inspired a generation of satirists and alternative-media moguls. You can draw a straight...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 4, 2014

In 1979, University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry had the visiting team's locker room walls painted pink. Fry said he did it because "pink is often found in girls'...

Loop
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 22, 2014

This is your brain. Crack. This is your brain on Loop. Sizzzzzzzzzle. Born in 1986, dead by 1991 and recently arisen from the ashes, this seminal British band specializes...

Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 1, 2014

Prairie Pop columnist, Kembrew McLeod, will be reading from his new book, Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World, at Prairie Lights this...

Laurie Anderson
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 11, 2014

Laurie Anderson's lecture kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Englert Theatre. Admission is free. -- illustration by Adam BurkeLaurie Anderson isn’t solely responsible for me turning...