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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, December 29, 2016

The Last Blogkeeping of 2016

With only a couple of days left until we push 2016 off a freakin' cliff into the abyss it so richly deserves, we have time for one last bit o' blogkeeping before the year is up.

First, thanks so much to all of you have read and supported Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) all year. Special thanks to those of you have said it with cash! For as little as $2 a month, patrons of this blog on Patreon get bonus material not available to the public; if you sign up before the weekend, you can still get the December bonus post (the unpublished introduction and preamble to Gabba Gabba Hey: Conversations With The Ramones, my book on The Ramones that smart money says ain't never gonna be finished) and the January bonus post (a brand-new edition of The Greatest Record Ever Made, discussing "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks). Neither of these bonus posts will be available to the general public until at least April or May, at the earliest. But you can get 'em both next week, just by signing up to support this blog on Patreon: Fund me, baby! 

We still have two more posts left in 2016.  Friday's post will be a list of the five tracks I listened to the most this year; given the parade of pop mortality the year has put us through, it should be no surprise that the list includes three tracks by dearly departed artists, but it does include one new track from 2016. The post was written in response to a query from the good folks at Love Letters 2 Rock N Roll, and the post will published there as well. And I betcha a lot of Boppin' fans would not only appreciate Love Letters 2 Rock n Roll, but might even consider writing a love letter of their own. You! You love rock 'n' roll! Write a letter awready! You don't need your own blog just to express your appreciation for your favorite performer, album, rock 'n' roll movie, or cherished concert memory--Love Letters 2 Rock N Roll is already offering you that outlet. Write! Gush! And tell 'em CC sent you!

Oh, and Saturday's post here will be "2016: The Year In Review." Yeah, let's just get that over with as soon as we can.

Sunday night at my other gig--This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, the self-proclaimed Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet--we're doing our annual countdown show, playin' back what we played a lot over the last twelve months. I have seen the countdown, and it is good! The countdown includes a wide array of irresistible rockin' pop tunes, from the '60s through 2016, and they oughtta make for one hell of a radio show. Expect a countdown of our 44 most-played tracks, and possibly a countdown of some of our most frequently-played artists, too. It's the biggest! It's the best! It's This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio's year-end countdown show, Sunday night, January 1st, from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org.

In 2017, Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) will continue to offer more chapters in our ongoing series faves, including The Everlasting First (with posts on K is for KID ETERNITY and K is for THE KINKS due next; and yes, when we get there, it's for damned sure we'll find that Q is for SUZI QUATRO), The Greatest Record Ever Made, Comic Book Retroview, and Singers, Superheroes, And Songs On The Radio, more concert memories in my Virtual Ticket Stub Gallery, and maybe another "Degrees Of Separation" exercise or two. I have a near-future post called "I've Got The Music In Me (And That's Where It's Gonna Stay)," and I'm also going to be writing soon about local hero John Tierney's blog, but don't wait for precious little me--check out John NOW!! And tell him CC sent ya; I can use all the mitzvahs I can get....

As Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) nears its first anniversary on January 18th, the mission statement remains unchanged: a post a day, every day. That's the Boppin' way.

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And here's some images to represent Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) in 2017: