My Close Encounters with Rock Stars Part 1: Joe Strummer

Whether on stage or on the street the late Joe Strummer took great pains to portray himself as an everyman of the people. In person he was very much the same, writes author and former punk musician, Jim Algie. After producing the Pogues’ album Hells’ Ditch the former...

My Brief Career as a Music Video Director

For a guy who banged out his riffs, odes and elegies on a typewriter instead of a musical instrument, Hunter S Thompson composed one of the most accurate descriptions of the music industry I’ve ever heard, calling it “a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic...

When Punk Turned 40: From Outliers to Insiders

Looking back at the 40th anniversary of punk in 2016 through interviews with members of the Damned and Buzzcocks, and a rundown of main events, such as the son of the Sex Pistols’ former manager burning some US$7 million of punk memorabilia.  By Jim Algie To all...

Myanmar Musician and Rocking Revolutionary

Many musicians have adopted guerilla poses and advocated armed insurrection – like The Clash and the MC5 – but none of them ever put down their guitars to take up a machine-gun like the Myanmar musician and rocking revolutionary, Mun Awng. In this profile that began...