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Hi! With so many new platforms that the project's interviews are available on (iTunes, the Cinepunx podcast network, Google Play, TuneIn, Stitcher), I imagine folks are coming at the interviews from all angles. To my mind, this is forever the home of the project since the blog (though infrequently used) is here along with Karen's photos (which also appear on the Cinepunx site), and the collected ephemera such as press and such. All of the most crucial information will appear here first, so please remain in touch with the site even if you listen from a different platform.

There are more interviews to come (there likely always will be), but at the slower pace of the last year or so. There are folks I want to speak to, but this far into the project I'm mostly trying to catch those scattered around the country (or world). Some I hope to interview here in Philadelphia if they come through and others I may speak to where they presently reside. There's an interview currently being scheduled that should appear in July. I'll be interviewed for the excellent "Supporting Characters"podcast hosted by Bill Ackerman in a couple weeks. That should be a very long and detailed interview focusing on many subjects, this project being just one.

With the site renewed for another three years, the future of this project seems assured. I encourage you, Dear Listener, to write with your thoughts about the the project and to please rate it on the other listening platforms. Ratings and reviews are not meant as a ego-stroke for me. Rather, they raise the profile of the project so more people can discover and enjoy it. Since $0 is made from L!F!P! (the only thing I do that I don't insist on making a profit on), your contribution is helping to spread the word. These interviews contain marvelous ideas and stories, and that is a tribute to the fine folks I've had the opportunity to engage with.

Post Speaking Engagement With Larry

The Gervasi brothers with Larry Livermore by Karen Kirchhoff.
Here's bonus shot of my brother Bull and me with Larry Livermore after he spoke at Cindergarden in West Philly on Friday, May 20, 2016 for the second in the LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! "Speakers Series."

The interview I conducted with Larry earlier that day is now up on the site.

Photo by Karen Kirchhoff.

Anarchy In Philly Is Coming Some Time ... Unlikely

Philly Anarcho-Punk book
Some of Karen Kirchhoff's photographs from the L!F!P! project appear in this recently published book.

While I have no interest in or connection to anarchy and its related movements, it is nice to see the photos in appear in this book. I had no other input into the book's writing or production and I don't personally know its author.

A warning to those operating on a punk budget: This is published by an academic press, so it's frightfully expensive at nearly $100. It's also written in an academic style, so you may have to crawl into your safe space in order to read it.

We Can Be the New Breed, Whooah-Oooh!

NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
NEW BREED TAPE 1989 Interview crew photo by Karen Kirchhoff
On Sunday, April 10, 2016 I had the pleasure of interviewing four gentleman associated with a new documentary, NEW BREED TAPE 1989. They were director John Woods, editor Orlando Arce, executive producer (and co-creator of the tape) Freddy Alva, and narrator Tony Rettman (who also wrote an essential book on NYHC). I was co-interviewing with Liam and Josh of the Cinepunx podcast for their podcast. That interview recently went up and I recommend you give it a listen. I also recommend seeing the doc itself when you get the opportunity.

You can listen here:

http://www.cinepunx.com/cinepunx-episode-49-new-breed-documentary-1989-freddy-alva-tony-rettman-john-woods-orlando-arce/

Below are Karen Kirchhoff's photos from after the interview and before the screening.

Thoughts In the Wake of the Death of (the Great) Keith Emerson

The taking of one's own life is, I believe, entirely the choice of the individual. I find it neither a selfish act, nor cowardly, nor a sin. I must, often begrudingly, accept the choice of the individual to do with their life and shape their death as they see fit. That said, some who make the choice to commit suicide are not in their right mind. They may be in a fog of physical or emotional pain. The right words, an extended hand, an open ear or heart, may help shift this person into a different (and certainly less permanent) decision.

Thus I write now and mean forever: If you know me (even a little bit) and you're thinking of killing yourself but want to talk to someone, please please please please feel free to talk to me.

We all move through life haunted by the ghosts of those we've known, loved, and lost, or those, now gone, whose work has touched us and made us better humans. The less ghosts the better. You can do your part by using your voice and your social networking forums to say something that matters to those who may need to hear it.

Clash of the Punks: Philly vs DC!

Cynthia Connolly, Chuck Meehan, and Joseph. Photo by Doug Polgardy.
Cynthia Connolly, Chuck Meehan, and Joseph. Photo by Doug Polgardy.
Chuck Meehan and Joseph. Photo by Doug Polgardy.
Vincent Feldman and Joseph. Photo by Doug Polgardy.
The story of the Black Flag riot with Kensington locals attacking DC punks at the Starlight Ballroom in the early '80s has been told in Chuck Meehan's interview and mentioned in a few others. Last night Cynthia Connolly talked about it in my interview with her, which will go up tomorrow. Since I had both Chuck and Cynthia in the same place, I got them together before Cynthia's "Banned In DC" slideshow/talk to discuss this infamous event in Philly hardcore history. I also had a chance to catch up with Chuck to discuss his new project, Mace Canister Recordings. Also present for this mini-interview was Vincent Feldman, past interview subject and author of the gorgeous book, "City Abandoned." Vincent talked about his new project, which I can't wait to see.

If time had permitted, I would have loved to have done mini-interviews with other past interview subjects who were present like the Fiends, the Mungan brothers from Scram!, Mike McKee, and Brian Sokel, but it was a busy night. Other mini-interviews may be forthcoming here on the blog, so watch out.

While not officially announced yet, the second on the L!F!P! "Speakers Series" will be Larry Livermore, formerly of Lookout! Records and "MaximumRockNRoll" magazine. He'll be talking about his new book, "How To Ru(i)n A Record Label." That'll be happening at Cindergarden in West Philly on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8 PM. Details and a formal announcement to follow.

These photos kindly provided by Doug Polgardy.

The Cynthia Connolly Event Live Stream From Facebook

We ran a live stream of the first few minutes of Cynthia Connolly's presentation (really just the intro) at Cindergarden in West Philadelphia earlier this evening on Facebook. Check it out to see what you missed or, if you were there, possibly see yourself in the audience. A fine time was had by all.

Start of Cynthia Connolly Live Event At Cindergarden In West Philly. March 5, 2016

Posted by Joseph A. Gervasi on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cynthia Connolly Comes To West Philly

Cynthia Connolly with Joseph and Bull by Karen Kirchhoff
Cynthia Connolly with Joseph and Bull by Karen Kirchhoff
Cynthia Connolly with Joseph and Bull by Karen Kirchhoff
Here are some photos by Karen Kirchhoff of Cynthia Connolly along with Bull and me shortly before I conducted by interview with her and a few hours before her presentation in Philly.

Cynthia was a pleasure to talk to and I think you'll enjoy her interview when it goes up on Monday, March 7.

The second in the L!F!P! "Speakers Series" will be announced soon.

Stitch By Stitch

Friendly friend excited about being on Stitcher, too.
A brief note to let you know that the interviews are now working their way onto Stitcher as well as iTunes, the Cinepunx podcast network, and, of course this website.

As with iTunes and the Cinepunx site, the interviews are going up one-per-weekday in the order in which they were conducted. About eight are up at the time of this blog posting and more will be coming until, some months into the future, it's caught up to the website.

Get Out the Vote!

OS the cat: oi! oi! oi!
The vote on iTunes, that is. While this website will always be the true home of these interviews and the photographs that accompany them, the interviews are now going up on iTunes, the Cinepunx podcast network, and likely Stitcher. All this has been previously noted. With only one interview going up per weekday starting with the first interview I recorded back in early 2013, it will take several weeks for the iTunes uploads to catch up to the site. But I need your help, dear listener! Please rate and review the podcast edition of L!F!P! on iTunes. The more and better reviews (as well as subscriptions) it gets, the more people get exposed to it and can enjoy what we've shared. It really helps. Even if you listen here and not there, taking a few minutes to post a short review will help the project out. Thanks, friends!

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