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Albuquerque Police's crime scene investigator Ruby Triana, left, and Ofc. Amy Marmon, right, look at the dent in the cruiser in the Smith's parking lot, near the corner of Lomas and San Pedro, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M. The cruiser was hit by William Martinez, after he woke up in his car when officers checked on him in the parking lot. Martinez fled from the scene, and was apprehended on Mescalero Ct., near Comanche and Carlisle. Martinez, who said that he is convicted felon, is facing charges including two counts o f aggravated assault on a police officer and aggravated fleeing, according to the police. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Canned Albuquerque cops records manager denied Juggalo records to public – was he ordered to do so by top brass?

 The guy who artfully halted a public records request for documents related to the...

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Prison: “Everyone thinks of escaping; they just won’t admit it”

Sarah Pender, right. Thetwo convicted murderers who escaped from a New York state prison...

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It’s on – again. Juggalos vs. the Feds, Appellate mix

By now you know whose side you’re on. The court’s spellcheck is apparently not...

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The Brewery – A Midwest Music Landmark

Dave DiMartino’s review of the Stooges, 1974 There’s an excellent story this week...

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Bashara pushes appeal forward, sends email insisting he is innocent

I received another email from Bob Bashara this week, the fourth since he was sentenced to...

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BDSM community and the release of 50 Shades adaptation in the wake of Bashara

Film version of book release 2.13.15 The Detroit Free Press today has an excellent tie-in...

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Kim Fowley: “I Used to Fuck Burn Victims in High School for Money”

     Kim Fowley died this week after a robust and creative life. He was 75. I...

Bob Bashara: “What’s BDSM got to do with it?”

Flyer for Bashara’s first business enterprise The Bashara trial is about to end,...

No Joe Gentz: Where is the state of Michigan hiding a convicted murderer?

Joseph John Gentz Earlier this week, I was working on a story on the Bob Bashara murder...

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Fix video surfaces Fresno, 7/4/81

July 4, 1981, Fresno, Calif. Funny how you remember things, and I was prompted by this...

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A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos

They have the tattoos, the face paint, and the tattered clothes, and they hold the door...

Jimmy Recca talks Stooges in a Detroit Rock City outtake

Jimmy Recca, former Stooge, in his inimitable, animated ramble, on writing “I Got a...

Wayne Kramer talking about reading bad review of MC5 while tripping

Wayne Kramer still remembers reading Lester Bangs’ bad review of Kick Out The Jams in...

“American Band” came from pissed off…American band. Don Brewer explains

There are all kinds of stories about how the song “We’re An American...

Typical week in the life of Mitch Ryder’s great band, Detroit

Johnny Bee was among the best of the older subjects I interviewed for Detroit Rock City....

Dennis Thompson of the MC5 on playing over the volume of Sonic Smith and Wayne Kramer

Dennis Thompson, drummer MC5: Well, I wasn’t impervious to the volume when the boys...

Niagara on Ron Asheton in the later years – Detroit Rock City outtake

NIAGARA (Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival) : Ronnie ended up being a millionaire when...

Feds response to Juggalo gang lawsuit: No damages

It has received no attention, but the federal government filed its initial response in...

Iggy Pop talks about Jack White not recording the Stooges

photos, 2003, Mojo (www.mickhutson.com) A largely unknown part of a book like Detroit...

New Salvo in Bid for Interview Tapes of Manson Acolyte Watson

Stepped in to help The Los Angeles Police Department has violated the California Public...

The Stooges Were The Best Rock and Roll Band Ever

Since the June release of my last book, Detroit Rock City, The Uncensored History of Rock...

Sarah Pender To Return to General Prison Population

Pender in 2008, at the time of her arrest While Sarah Pender was denied an appeal last...

Salvation Mountain, One of the Great American Destinations

Sitting on a (Salvation) Mountain A couple of years ago I was wandering in the desert and...

Esquire magazine 1971 on Alice Cooper: “…Four guys in drag.”

AC: Or was that three guys? Dangerous Minds wisely yanks an old issue of Esquire magazine...

Read Complaint: Frontier Records Files Legal Action Against Italian Record Label

I love the legal action that has sprung up involving punk rock litigants.  We went over...

Bob Bashara, the Book, Coming Soon

Bob Bashara Last week I signed the contract to do a book on the Bob Bashara case. It will...

Iggy Pop: Michigan Legislature “Shameful” to Allow Wolf Hunt

As you’ve seen via almost every Michigan media outlet, Iggy Pop is lending his name to...

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The Pursuit of the Tex Watson Tapes. Charles Manson Still on the Hook.

I covet the Tex Watson tapes that the Los Angeles Police Department obtained.  Yes,...

Judge Rules Against Black Flag Founder Ginn – Hot Topic and Urban Outfitter Rejoice

The federal judge who ruled against Black Flag founder Greg Ginn in his suit against a...

Beyond the Obvious: Five Solid Charles Manson Books

The new book on Charles Manson, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, is getting...

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Interview: The Saga of Sarah Pender on Investigation Discovery

It’s been hard for the media to get it right on Sarah Pender. There have been erroneous...

Journalism – Always the Best Fallback

I’ve had a couple of journalism pieces hit in the past two weeks as I worked the promo...

These Bars Never Seem to Close, Although it Wouldn’t Be Bad if They Did

It’s not like you couldn’t see this one coming, but Black Flag founder and guitarist...

Nobody’s Women Found Among Possessions of Newly Discovered Cleveland Serial Killer?

Michael Madison charged today  Michael Madison, and his neighbors, are reportedly...

More News From Nowhere – Sarah Pender’s Legal Team Continues Push for Her Freedom

The lawyer for Sarah Pender has filed a petition with the Marion County...

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Detroit Rock City: I’ll Read it to You, Produced by Mike E Clark

(above) Mike Clark in studio The audio book version of Detroit Rock City hits today, and...

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Insider Comments on/from Detroit Rock City

This (above) is the t-shirt. Why not? Detroit Rock City is out and there are stories in...

Gannett Publishes Story on Sarah Pender Case Based on Info in Girl, Wanted

The Indianapolis Star made a stab at a significant story regarding my book,...

The Week in Clevo, Kidnapping Case, Chasing Castro

Yes, the school district in Cleveland let him drive a bus This week’s...

Anthony Sowell Lawyers Cite News Coverage in Appeal of Death Sentence

Claiming the Anthony Sowell case brought out a “frenzied, unabated, heated, and an...

Blue Cheer at 10 Years Old. What is the Allure of Music for Some People?

I found this little piece by Chuck Klosterman blared on a Twitter feed and it made me...

New Discovery Show on Sarah Pender Case – New Trial?

I receive comments from people on any item I write on Sarah Pender, mostly from her...

Seger Tour Still Missing the Sales Mark for its $260 a Throw Tics

$6 would be $22.30 today I noted earlier this month that Bob Seger’s ticket sales have...

Wall Street Journal Strikes at True Crime Classic In Cold Blood, with Mixed Results

The Wall Street Journal scores a few blows to the credibility of what many people...

To Some, Bob Seger Sold Out a Long Time Ago – But Not For Grand Rapids Show Next Month

This is my home town, at least people will show up for this one A banner ad offers...

Kid Rock-Connected Companies get the Shaft in Brewer’s Bankruptcy

This Glass is Half Full – He’s Platinum Business operations connected to Kid...

Iggy’s Video Debut? Whatever, Wears Rational Tee and Whiteface in Nico Vid

Ig in whiteface and tee. Video debut? Ig without whiteface in tee You know the story...

Dick Wagner’s Own Tommy John Surgery, Comeback Player of the Year

Lou, busy being upstaged by Wagner In January 2012 I flew to Phoenix to meet with Dick...

Excellent Look in 1975 at Detroit’s Dying Concert Scene

 I was looking at this story and photo of the Cobo Hall marquee from 1975. Damn,...

In Cleveland, The Land of Sowell, a Letter to a Street Criminal

 In the book, Nobody’s Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the...

The Box Tops in East Lansing, Michigan, 1968

The Box Tops at Grandmothers, East Lansing, Mich. 1968. Recognize these autographs? I was...

The Puzzle of the Attraction To Mystery Fiction

Scares the shit out of mystery fiction readers Deeply loved by mystery fiction readers...

Sarah Pender Escape Co-Conspirator Out of Prison, On Facebook

A fascinating Facebook post from Jamie Long today. Long was the woman who played a...

Tom Waits Waxes Musicians Selling Music for Commercials

This is the car; Clone Defects provide the music for the ad  I wrote in September...

He Ain’t Bullshittin’ – Kid Rock Foundation Has No Costs

Kid Rock was on WJR, Detroit’s major league AM radio station, this morning, talking...

Email from Inmate Regarding Sarah Pender, Girl Wanted – Yes, Prison is a Bad Place

I received an email over the weekend from a former inmate at Rockville Correctional...

Ten Minutes With Me Goes by Like Five: Q & A in Plain Dealer

Spending some afternoon time in a bar with journalist par excellence Michael Heaton of...

No Big Deal: Sowell Drawing on Serial Killer Memorabilia Site

It’s never clear enough to folks that convicted criminals cannot profit on any proceeds...

Rock and Roll Memoirs You May Have Missed

  The rock and roll autobiography. What a notion, in which an artist attempts...

Read Anthony Sowell Letter to Author

 Down to journalists who are writing his life story, Anthony Sowell remained a...

Old, tattered, used, overplayed 7-inch record sells for $3,760

$3,760 for this. A first class ticket to Europe. I wish I could say I accept this, but I...

Check it Out: The Rock HOF LIbrary is Actually Good

Rock HOF Library Card It’s easy to beat up on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a beacon...

Cleveland: Sowell Contacts Everywhere

I keep running into Sowell people here in Cleveland. Today, a friend here who does home...

WMMS, WJW, Cleveland Appearances

From the 70s: Was it W “Magic MushroomsS”? This morning I did the morning...

Anthony Sowell Psyche Exam, Prison Records

If you haven’t read the psychological report on Anthony Sowell, it’s here. ...

It’s On: Review of Sowell Book, Radio Appearance

The early stages of press for  Nobody’s Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony...

Explode the Myth: Black Serial Killer is not Rare

My new book, Nobody’s Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the...

Good Music, Good Money?

 It’s not that far back that if you made music for money, you were a mercenary and...

Book on Anthony Sowell, Cleveland Serial Killer, Hits October 2

It was an interesting ride, writing a true crime slasher book, Nobody’s Women: The...

Cleveland Serial Killer Book out October 2 – Read About Anthony Sowell

Blue Oyster Cult Lyric Sheet from 1973

Lester Bangs, graced with an audience one night at his house on Brown Street in...

Funk Brother/Royaltone Bob Babbitt – Outtakes From a Recent Conversation

This morning on Detroit’s WJR radio, there were several mentions of the passing of Funk...

Sarah Pender Begs Edgar Committee to Reconsider Girl, Wanted

Sarah Pender Envelope Art Sarah Pender, the gift that keeps on giving. I called the...

Chasing Linkletter Ghost, Salvation and Manson Victim Eatery

Salvation Mountain There’s some average Joe gag from decades ago about people being...

Woodshock – People Still Pay Hundreds of $$ to Hang Out in the Mud

“Dude, this so rocks” It doesn’t sound fun but for most people, gathering...

91-Year Old Punk Rock Mom

 My mom turns 91 on June 10. As she will tell you, it’s not recommended to get...

The Manson Family Story Via Tex Watson Exists – I Need a Copy of These Tapes

Tex Watson, 1970 Mug I’d love to get my hands on these tapes. A federal judge in Texas...

Open Records Questing is Punk Rock

This hits us where we live: A British journalist compares data journalism to punk...

Anthony Sowell Case Profiled for Discovery True Crime Show

Anthony Sowell online profile shot This weekend I’m heading to Vancouver to tape some...

College is Still Bad For You – But Just In Case

It’s graduation time and I am more sure than ever that college is a huge waste of time...

Old Days are Todays

I’ve never uttered the term ‘back in the day,’ mostly because the past is always at...

Nugent As Dumb As Any Beast He Kills

Flapping your jaws and talking smack is one thing; killing animals is another. Ted...

Commando Review

You expect more than this from the only real newspaper left. From a review of Commando:...

Weird Crime: Newspaper Wants $480 to License 107 Words

This is about a different kind of crime than I generally write about. This is about...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Swindle

 The most original thing Axl Rose has produced since 1992 was this letter declining...

Just To Be Sure – It’s Out

Hardcore Kids Talk

I speak with Tesco Vee in the latest Revue, an alt-monthly out of Michigan....

Cover to Upcoming Book on Anthony Sowell

Cover to upcoming book on Anthony Sowell.  That’s a simple on. Along with its...

Scott Morgan Benefit, April 14

Scott Asheton (l) and  Scott Morgan, 1977 Scott Morgan, former Rationals and Sonic...

Fix Single, $4,000

File under overpriced, like all entertainment these days. And I could even contend this...

Bill Hicks, American Screamer Revisited

This is how good art gets distributed. In 2005, a buddy burned me a copy of Bill Hicks’...

Trifecta of Death

Bob Madigan, one of three music icons to die in a week Yes, they go in threes. So this is...

Journalism Establishment Hospitality on Parade

They misspelled liquor store… Oddly this is an award I am familiar with, as opposed...

Grosse Pointe Murder Opens Media Headline Grab

Grosse Pointe: If It Happens Here, It’s News I’ve received a number of emails...

Review of Duff McKagan Book: It’s So Easy: And Other Lies

Most of the time any written piece ends up with a large part of material removed for a...

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ADC from Grand Rapids. Better than Amway.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been archiving some cassette tapes and among them is one...

Girl, Wanted is Edgar Nominee – What’s an Edgar?

I’m pleased to learn that my book, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender...

Appeals to American Badass

Most people driving down I-96 just east of Lansing. Mich., can’t miss the broad side of...

Edgar Award II

So that’s an Edgar – not given to nominees So the flurry of attention from...

Concert Tickets are Killing the Concert Industry

Rocking it Academic Style This story in the local Michigan free toss, called Revue, is a...