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Prairie Pop

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 | 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 | 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...

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...

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...

The Yes Men
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 26, 2015

Film Screening and Q&A: The Yes Men Are Revolting FilmScene (via The Bijou Theatre) -- Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. (Free) Using humorous deceptions to get their political points...

Jessica Hopper
Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 18, 2015

Over the last two decades, Jessica Hopper has established herself as a leading music critic with her sharp, fierce writing. She has also helped make room for more...

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...