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New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain Remembers Malcolm McLaren

April 12th, 2010
Recording artist, manager of the Sex Pistols, provocateur, fashion designer, impresario — Malcolm McLaren, who died of cancer April 8th at 64 was all those things. He was also, briefly, the manager of the New York Dolls just before their breakup in 1975. Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain spoke with Rolling Stone about his encounters with McLaren. “I always thought the most important member of the Sex Pistols was Malcolm McLaren,” Sylvain says. “When they got ...

First Anthology for “Deep Blues” Author Robert Palmer

November 20th, 2009
In 1980, music journalist Robert Palmer was invited to drop by the sessions for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy in New York. When Palmer arrived, Lennon was adding background vocals to “(Just Like) Starting Over.” Palmer noted that Lennon had sung his parts perfectly in key. Lennon, impressed by Palmer’s ear, said, “You’ll do.” As Lennon learned, Palmer — who died in 1997 of complications from liver disease at 52 — led a life ...

Corgan Talks Pumpkins’ Plans: “I’d Rather Be Free Than Rich”

October 15th, 2009
Photo: Kravitz/FilmMagicFor someone who once released a double CD, Billy Corgan has had it with the album. “I was never comfortable with the album format,” Corgan tells Rolling Stone. “It always felt so forced and was obviously an economic decision made by others and not an artistic decision made by creators. It can be draining to try to record 15 songs over a six-month period.” Smashing Pumpkins celebrate 20 years of rock in New York: ...

Roger Daltrey Promises New Takes on Who Tracks on Fall Solo Tour

September 8th, 2009
Photo: Durand/Getty The Who won’t be hitting the road again until next year, but as Rolling Stone reported, Roger Daltrey won’t be staying home during their hiatus. “That’s a long time for me,” says Daltrey, “so I put a little band together. I’m going back to where it all began.” For his first solo shows since 1985, Daltrey and his own band (which includes Simon Townshend, Pete’s brother, on guitar) will be playing theaters in October ...

Steven Tyler Speaks Out About Injury, State of Aerosmith: “We’re One for All, All For One”

August 25th, 2009
Photo: Kane/WireImage “Do I sound fucked up or stoned?” Steven Tyler asks, calling from his home in New Hampshire on Monday. In his first comments to the press, Tyler wants to set the record straight about what happened when he fell off the stage in South Dakota on August 6th — followed by a cancellation of Aerosmith’s summer tour and subsequent reports of band turmoil. “Truth be known, I jumped off the stage on purpose,” ...