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19 items by Charles M. Young

  • Kiss: The Pagan Beasties of Teenage Rock

    Kiss: The Pagan Beasties of Teenage Rock | ARTICLE

    This story is from the April 7th, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone. "We broke Lawrence Welk's attendance record in Abilene, Texas. I'm very proud of that," says Gene Simmons, the Kiss bassist, notorious for his grotesquely...

    April 27, 2012 3:10 PM ET
  • King Solomon's Sweet Thunder

    King Solomon's Sweet Thunder | ARTICLE

    Author’s note : My profile of Solomon Burke appeared in the same issue as a wonderful article by David Gates about the creation of Exile on Main Street. I thought this a felicitous...

    October 10, 2010 5:55 PM ET
  • Fifteen Great, Career-Spanning Solomon Burke Songs

    Fifteen Great, Career-Spanning Solomon Burke Songs | ARTICLE

    One of the few great talents who was always prolific, Solomon Burke was irrepressibly recording from the mid-Fifties until until his death on October 10, when he was still planning new projects. It’s very ...

    October 10, 2010 3:45 PM ET
  • Eagles: Peaceful, Uneasy Feeling

    Eagles: Peaceful, Uneasy Feeling | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 1053 from May 29, 2008. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's premium...

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • The Last Days of Johnny Ramone

    The Last Days of Johnny Ramone | ARTICLE

    Moderately sized and immoderately pink, Johnny Ramone's ranch house sits high in the Hollywood Hills, guarded by a regiment of cactus and a stuffed,...

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • The Essential Cheap Trick

    The Essential Cheap Trick | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cheap Trick had no command of the "deep and meaningless," as Robert Plant once put it, and thus could not generate the mystery of Led Zeppelin. And they had a fitful command of the deep and meaningful,...

    March 16, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)

    At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is the archetype. Before it, Southern rock as a separate genre was an amorphous curiosity. After it, redneck hippies with chops were entitled to all the worship that had previously been thrown at Brit hippies with...

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Brief Lives: The Story of Three Victims of the Who's Cincinnati Disaster

    Brief Lives: The Story of Three Victims of the Who's Cincinnati Disaster | ARTICLE

    Stephan Preston first encountered death at the age of fourteen when his aging cat Macska passed on. The lack of dignity in the event...

    January 24, 1980 12:00 PM ET
  • In Through The Out Door

    In Through The Out Door | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hearing John Bonham play the drums is the aural equivalent of watching Clint Eastwood club eight bad guys over the head with a two-by-four while driving a derailed locomotive through their hideout. Either you are horrified by...

    October 18, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Road to Ruin

    Road to Ruin | ALBUM REVIEW

    I've been working at this magazine for two years now and every album I've endorsed has gone over like a fart in the elevator. What we have here is not (in the words of Cool Hand Luke)...

    November 2, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • John Belushi: Son of Samurai

    John Belushi: Son of Samurai | ARTICLE

    I feel really weird opening up my personal life this way," says John Belushi. "But what is there to see? Just a lot of...

    August 10, 1978 9:35 AM ET
  • Street Action

    Street Action | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hey all you gobblers with quadruple platinum albumsProfits goin' right up your noseI know what you're gettin', gobblersNasal pharyngeal carcinoma(Chorus) Nasal, oh nasal, pharyngeal carcinomaDoctors cut off your noseAnd pull tumors...

    June 1, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Van Halen

    Van Halen | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mark my words: in three years, Van Halen is going to be fat and self-indulgent and disgusting, and they'll follow Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin right into the toilet. In the meantime, they are likely to be...

    May 4, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Parliament/Funkadelic: Apocalypse Now!

    Parliament/Funkadelic: Apocalypse Now! | ARTICLE

    Below is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in RS 262 from April 7, 1978. This issue and the rest of the Rolling Stone archives are available via Rolling Stone Plus, Rolling Stone's...

    April 6, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • A Report on the Sex Pistols

    A Report on the Sex Pistols | ARTICLE

    Instead of perfume, there will be rottenness.—Isaiah 3:24 Alittle before midnight, my taxi arrives at a club called the Vortex. The weather is atypically...

    October 20, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Love Gun

    Love Gun | ALBUM REVIEW

    After seeing Kiss backstage without their makeup, I have lost all ambition to do anything with my life except see them naked. Gene Simmons knows this and has written a song about the Plaster Casters — a...

    August 25, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Cheap Trick

    Cheap Trick | ALBUM REVIEW

    These guys play rock & roll like Vince Lombardi coached football: heavy emphasis on basics with a strain of demented violence to keep the opposition intimidated. The closest musical analogy is the Who, who have always sounded...

    May 5, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Kiss: The Pagan Beasties Of Teenage Rock

    Kiss: The Pagan Beasties Of Teenage Rock | ARTICLE

    We broke Lawrence Welk's attendance record in Abilene, Texas. I'm very proud of that," says Gene Simmons, the Kiss bassist, notorious for his...

    April 7, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • The Ramones Are Punks and Will Beat You Up

    The Ramones Are Punks and Will Beat You Up | ARTICLE

    Johnny Ramone claims it was an accident– that time he hit the student body president in the balls with his guitar and got an early incarnation of the Ramones banned from the high school talent show....

    August 12, 1976 1:25 PM ET
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