Dead In Your Head: an Interview with Jennifer Clavin

ISSUE #2

The following excerpt appeared in full in Issue#2 of TEENAGE NEWS. Issue#2 is almost sold out; buy it before you regret its high investment potential.

Bleached is from LA and they play the Bay Area all the time. But The Bay Area shouldn’t feel too special because Bleached is always on the road playing everywhere.  Keep your eyes out for that.  With three, wicked 45’s under their belt, they decided, on April 2, 2013, to grace the world with the release of their debut LP, “Ride Your Heart.” It is available to you closer than you think.

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Mia Frightwig Makes Art-Damaged-Rock

INTERVIEWS

What is happening in San Francisco right now might be a snapshot of what is happening in America. The tech money that has come in here, and the way that San Francisco is handling it, is screwing a lot of poor people really hard and in a really bad way. It is ruining people’s lives. We are losing a really important part of San Francisco culture. I feel outnumbered as someone who came up here when I was 16, and as a working class person. I can’t afford to shop at these shops, or eat at these restaurants. If I didn’t have rent control, God forbid I should lose it, I couldn’t afford to stay here. None of my life would be possible… All I can do is write a song about it.

I Went Out For A Pack Of Cigarettes And Never Came Back: Penny Arcade Speaks

INTERVIEWS, ISSUE #3

Penny Arcade sprung out of New York City’s “Playhouse of the Ridiculous,” which had close ties to her mentor Jaimie Andrews and the director John Vaccaro. Andy Warhol was impressed by her high energy and quick whit, and casted her in Paul Morrissey’s “Women In Revolt.” Recently, Penny has toured the world twice for her production “BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!,” and creates art that show her political/housing/pirate radio/independent art/AIDS activism.

Bambi Lake is Back and Better Than Ever!!

INTERVIEWS

Bambi Lake is the performance artist that reestablishes your faith in Art. She extends her stage presence into her everyday life. She will change your life because she uses knowledge from the past to be combative in the future. Bambi Lake is unsinkable and immortal. Watch out world because she is coming back strong.

PUNK HAPPENS AGAIN IN SAN FRANCISCO at the 2015 Punk Renaissance Festival

INTERVIEWS, reviews

40th Anniversary Punk Festival Takes Over San Francisco In September


In 1975 Punk took over San Francisco.  Punk hit San Francisco before it hit Los Angeles, and even though their music scenes are often lumped together their differences are vast.  The new music genre created a scene that gave alternative culture a previously unseen visibility. Independent record labels, independent zines, and independent clothes all supported Punk as much as Punk supported them.  More so than ever, San Francisco was connected together by a common cause. A new DIY attitude created an organic art space that sprung from the streets out of necessity. Artists and mindful learners came together to create something, anything, that gave their life and drive to contribute meaning. Punk was all-inclusive and despite the now mass-marketed clothes, there was no uniform and requirements.

Punk Elegies: An Interview with Allan MacDonnell

INTERVIEWS

Allan MacDonell got his start writing for Slash Magazine. Slash was one of the first Punk zines, and its wide distribution gave Punk a previously unheard of visibility. Allan’s first book Prisoner of X: 20 Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine is critically acclaimed, and Rolling Stone Magazine has called his most recent memoir, Punk Elegies,“Luridly entertaining.”  Punk Elegies is an honest glimpse into Los Angeles’ First Wave of Punk. TEENAGE NEWS cannot recommend it enough. 

Arthur Brown Still Sets Trends and Paves The Way For The Future

INTERVIEWS

Since 1968 Arthur Brown has simultaneously confused, impressed, educated and shocked the world with his highly original performance art that extends untouchable concepts into the masses’ hands. He made the first performance art album, he was one of the first performance artists to tour internationally, and he was first to utilize several cutting edge technologies that both set the trend and envisioned the future. Arthur Brown’s latest invention, the “Brain Hat Helmet,” makes it possible for thoughts to create music in real time. READ AND LEARN; Arthur Brown uses his knowledge from the past to be combative in the future.

Tommy James Invented Bubblegum Pop

INTERVIEWS, ISSUE #2

Tommy James was one of the many stars in Issue#2 of TEENAGE NEWS. Here is an excerpt from his tell all interview. For the full story buy TEENAGE NEWS#2.

Tommy James accidentally invented a whole world of bubblegum pop when he sold over 110 million records. Under contract with a crazy record label, Roulette Records, Tommy escaped the grasps of the Mafia while staying true to music and himself.  He started with his hit single “Hanky Panky” and his band of Shondells.  Now, Tommy James is an author and there is a major motion picture coming out on his life.  Pay attention world.

No More Canaries: Cherry Vanilla Is More Than Punk

INTERVIEWS, ISSUE #1, ISSUE #2, ISSUE #3

Cherry Vanilla added a bright red flare to Punk.  She produced highly original music that stood up against and pushed Punk’s connotations. Cherry Vanilla’s two albums are more punk in concept than sound, and carefully tie together Garage, Pop, Rock, and Honky Tonk. Her Punk pounds punch after punch into all authoritative and mass produced bull shit.  Rufus Wainwright called Cherry Vanilla “a state of mind,” but that is too limiting. Cherry Vanilla is everywhere and her overwhelming contributions are channeled everyday by Tastemakers and Scenesters.  Against her control, she was the “The First Lady of Punk,” but so be it: She was First and She is the Best.  

Cherry Vanilla’s history is long and star-studded. Her perseverance proves she can’t quit, and that something greater than her is compelling her to create much more than pieces of merchandise.  Cherry made her entrance in the art world as a performance artist in various “Off-Broadway” plays in New York City. Her biggest and most culturally bending theatrical venture was starring in Andy Warhol’s only play “Pork.” “Pork” was based on recorded conversations and gossip about socialite life between Brigid Berlinn and Warhol himself. Cherry Vanilla played Amanda Pork (Brigid Berlinn), and proved she was destined for the stage. “Pork” was fundamental to the development of Glitter Rock, and had a huge impact on David Bowie’s career. So much so that he later told William S. Burroughs: “I want to get [Pork] on to TV. TV has eaten up everything else, and Warhol films are all that is left, which is fabulous. Pork could become the next I Love Lucy, the great American domestic comedy. It’s about how people really live, not like Lucy, who never touched dishwater. It’s about people living and hustling to survive. That’s what Pork is all about. A smashing of the spectacle.” But David Bowie wasn’t just impressed by “Pork’s” concept of alternative and trashy entertainment, he was impressed by Cherry’s genuine character and stage presence. After “Pork” and up until 1974 she was head of Public Relations and Marketing at MainMan LTD. MainMan was David Bowie’s management company and worked closely with David Bowie’s RCA label mates. Cherry was natural at PR, realizing that both lies and truths can stir up friendly excitement that ultimately boosts record sales. Worth noting is when Cherry was a teenager she worked at a Madison Avenue Advertisement Agency. She did commercials then, and she also did commercials (voice overs) for David Bowie. She had the skills to survive as a woman in the largely male dominated Entertainment Agency.  Also in 1974, she released her first book Pop Tart Compositions.  Pop Tart Compositions contained photographs, drawings and Cherry’s poetry. Issue#2 of TEENAGE NEWS reprinted an excerpt from Pop Tart Compositions for the first time since its original publishing. [Anyone have an extra copy of the original? Send us one!]

1974 was a big year for Cherry Vanilla. She made her debut as a singer and songwriter. Her performance art background gave her a stage presence that to this day is unmatched. Her first released song was the proto-punk “Shake Your Ashes” recorded by Cherry Vanilla & her Staten Island Band on the Max’s Kansas City album in 1976. Just like the Glitter and Glam elements in “Pork,” Cherry was once again first in the next trend, Punk.

BRASHcore and TEENAGE NEWS are taking it upon themselves to preserve Cherry’s legacy. In 2010 Cherry Vanilla released her tell all autobiography Lick Me.  Lick Me shows Cherry Vanilla in yet another light, and begins with her childhood and ends before she signed with RCA UK in 1977. BRASHcore is doing a Three Part Series with the goal of documenting Cherry’s life after Lick Me.

This First Feature in the series elucidates on Cherry’s career in the Music Industry from 1977-1982.