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The Price of Infamy

John Lydon on the Late Late Show With Tom Snyder, May 23 Last Friday, nearly 17 years after their notorious face-off on NBC’s Tomorrow Show, John Lydon sat down for his second interview with Tom Snyder. Back in 1980 Lydon, still acting relatively Rotten, cadged cigarettes off Snyder, ignored his questions, and muttered snide remarks […]

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U2: the grace of another time

U2 has a charismatic leader without portfolio for a singer, an idiot savant for a guitarist, and about the strongest rhythm section you can imagine. Distinctive and impressive today, they started out scruffy and rather anonymous. On the release of their first album, Boy, in 1980 they seemed like just another vaguely new-wave British aggregation […]