Close Encounters with Rock Stars #2: Teenage Head

Jim Algie pays tribute to the hugely influential Teenage Head and recounts a humorous backstage encounter with the band’s bassist Steve Mahon in his latest book. As a teenager myself no Canadian band of that era was more important to me than Teenage Head....

When Punk Became Middle Aged: 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...

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...