Author: Stephen Armstrong

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You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: ‘The Ramones’ present ethical dilemmas

By Stephen B. Armstrong My mother used to work the occasional weeknight when my sister and I were kids — she taught art to adult students in Washington, D.C. My dad, always well-meaning, would take us to McDonald’s for dinner when Mom was gone, and then over to the mall to get books at B. Dalton. […]

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’ has nihilistic sound

By Stephen B. Armstrong Everything about Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” is alarming: its sound, its nihilism — even its portrait of the rocker’s sort-of-handsome face on the album cover that grins at us dopily. Yet like the Beach Boys’ “Love You” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk,” “Lust for Life” is a record that strives for and […]

You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll: Jean Beauvoir is life-long rocker

By Stephen B. Armstrong In our house, we listen to Kiss a lot. Our five-year-old (we call her Smooch)  loves the band’s classic hard-rocking records from the 1970s, especially “Rock and Roll Over” and “Alive!” But Smooch, a lifelong member of the Kiss Army, also adores the later output, especially ’80s-era tracks like “Lick it Up” and “Crazy Crazy Nights,” which were recorded when Kiss’ founding members Paul Stanley […]

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: Punk’s dead, baby, punk’s dead

By Stephen B. Armstrong In the ’70s, punk rock was flourishing in Lower Manhattan. Bands with crazy fashion aesthetics like the Stooges and New York Dolls penetrated the clubs around the Bowery and Greenwich Village first, and then came a wave of even faster, harder and snottier groups like the Dictators and Dead Boys, who […]

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: Kiss revives memories, tour

By Stephen B. Armstrong About 10 years ago, I was in a Detroit casino with my pal Robert. Robert likes to play blackjack, and I don’t, so after a half-hour or so of watching him win and lose on small bets, I walked off to get a Diet Pepsi. All around the gaming area, players […]