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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In Print: Fuck You All, and the Persistent Fireball That Is Marnie Stern

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys in a photo by Glen Friedman
  • Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys in a photo by Glen Friedman
Punk and hip-hop photographer Glen Friedman: Glen Friedman grew up on the front lines of the West Coast punk rock, skateboarding, and rap scenes. Photographs he shot in the 1970s and '80s are considered to be the definitive portraits of the likes of the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Run-DMC. The now-legendary photographer brings his ongoing exhibition, "Fuck You All," to San Francisco this week, which includes previously unpublished shots of Jello Biafra -- frontman of S.F. punk pioneers the Dead Kennedys -- and a collaborative portrait of Henry Rollins he did with illustrator Shepard Fairey. So is this a reunion tour of sorts? Maybe an attempt to relive former glory, look fondly back on the past, or show up a generation that just doesn't get it

Fuck no. In fact it's the opposite: "I'm trying to kick their ass into doing something new," Friedman says.

Marnie Stern: Let's just clear the air, get the creepy fanboy part out of the way: Stern has looks to kill and an axe to match. She also has few qualms with playing it up. On her last tour, the entrepreneurial Stern set up "kissing booths" -- $3 for the cheek, $10 for literal lip service, and a cool $100 for some tongue action -- to help pay for a traffic ticket. Sex and awkward hormonal nostalgia sell, it seems. 

When we caught up with the guitarist-bandleader-jokester on the phone, she was mid-College Music Journal (CMJ) Marathon -- New York City's answer to Austin's South by Southwest -- playing multiple gigs a day in scattered venues around her home turf. It was business as usual for a musician who has been at it for much longer than her quick rise into the upper indie crust would suggest...

Also, we recommend shows from Small Black, Matthew Dear, Magic System, and Actress.

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