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John Zorn

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...John Zorn is a record producer who is credited as either a composer, musician, or producer across hundreds of albums and across a wide variety of genres. Zorn was born on September 2, 1953, in New York, USA, and having been exposed to music...
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...Though Talking Heads is generally classified as post-punk or new wave, the band experimented with several genres. Talking Heads was critically acclaimed during the 1980s for their pioneering of new wave music as well as their clever lyrics....

Television

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...Television is a New York-based band that was a key influence in the city’s alternative rock and punk rock scene during the 1970s. The band was one of the first regular bands to perform at New York’s punk rock club CBGB. Television initially...
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...Though short-lived, The Voidoids, led by Richard Hell, were a prominent New York punk band in the 1970s. Hell was born Richard Lester Meyers on October 2, 1949, in Kentucky, USA. Meyers dropped out of high school and moved to New York...

The Ramones

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...The Ramones has been one of the most influential US punk rock bands next to the UK’s Sex Pistols. The Ramones have had several members come and go over its twenty-year career, but the band’s earliest critical success can be credited...

Blondie

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...Perhaps best known for its disco-joke hit, “Heart of Glass,” Blondie emerged from the New York art-rock scene to become national fashion and music icons. Having emerged from the Stilettoes, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry partnered with Billy...
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...The Velvet Underground was a New York-based band, formed in 1964, who were pioneers of experimental rock between the periods of pacifism during the 1960s and chaos that fell out of the 1970s punk movement. Though the band has involved...

Patti Smith

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...Patricia Lee Smith, “The Godmother of Punk,” is a New York-based poet and punk musician. She has been an influential figure in the New York punk rock scene as a poetic artist as well as a female rock star. Smith was born on December 30...

Brian Eno

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...One of the most prolific creative minds of the late twentieth century, Brian Eno and his music introduced many to the artistry of abstract music and visual art. Born in 1948 in Suffolk, England, Eno studied art and experimental music. He...

Blondie's Parallel Lines

Kembrew McLeod

Kembrew McLeod is the author of Parallel Lines (#111). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

33 1/3 Books

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...Released in the US in 1978, Blondie’s Parallel Lines brought the band their first commercial success. By mixing punk, disco and radio-friendly rock with nostalgic influences from 1960s girl groups, pop and surf rock, the album...