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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rolled By Rolling Stone

Hey, Rolling Stone lifted a Johnny Ramone quote about The Bay City Rollers verbatim from my 1994 Goldmine Ramones interviews.  Attribution woulda been nice.  Does this mean I've arrived?

Rolling Stone:  "I think we wanted to be a bubblegum band," says Johnny of the Ramones' early days. "At one point, the Bay City Rollers were becoming popular. They had written 'Saturday Night' and we sat down and said, 'We have to write a song with a chant in it, like they have.'"

From my interview with Johnny Ramone:   We started off, and I think we wanted to be a bubblegum band.  At one point, The Bay City Rollers were becoming popular.  They had written "Saturday Night," and we then sat down and said, "We have to write a song with a chant in it, like they have."  So we wrote "Blitzkrieg Bop."  Somehow, in our warped minds, I think we thought we were a bubblegum group.