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Beware False Prophets

One blazingly hot Sunday afternoon in 1980-something I went to the Tompkins Square Park bandshell for “Rock Against Redevelopment,” a 12-hour anti-gentrification rally-cum-concert to save the neighborhood.  “Give us our land, peace, and bread,” pleaded the posters, “Instead of leaving us stranded, fleeced and bled.”  False Prophets -my favorite hardcore band, although they weren’t hardcore …

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On Learning To Do Without What You Never Needed In The First Place

If I may paraphrase Mick Foley, I’m not Old School; I’m from the school that burned down before the Old School was built. To continue the lucha metaphor -and my regular listeners do know my fondness for the squared circle- , anyone out there remember Paul E. Dangerously? That was Paul Heyman’s late 80s heel …

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