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Cancer-Stricken 'The Runaways' Manager Kim Fowley Dies Aged 75

Kim Fowley Cherie Currie

World famous punk-rock record producer Kim Fowley passed away at the age of 75 on Thursday (January 25th 2015) following a long battle with cancer. However, it is so far unclear on his actual cause of death.

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Kim Fowley dies aged 75

Best known for putting together the all-girl rock group The Runaways back in 1975 (an event that was subsequently put to film starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon), Fowley was a huge name in the world of 70s and 80s punk having produced three of the band's albums 'The Runaways', 'Queens of Noise' and 'Waitin' for the Night' as well as managing them.

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Ariel Pink Loses Haunted Graffiti Moniker For New Solo Album 'Pom Pom'

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Ariel Pink finally goes solo with his upcoming album release 'Pom Pom'; his first venture away from the band Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and filled with the same amount of leftfield pop and musical adventure.

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Ariel Pink goes solo with 'Pom Pom'

In just over an hour, LA artist Ariel Pink - AKA Ariel Marcus Rosenberg - brings us more of his unique brand of avant-garde psychedelic pop with his very first solo release 'Pom Pom'. He recently unveiled a taster for what's to come in the form of his new song 'Put Your Number In My Phone'; an upbeat yet still chilled-out tune with probably one of the most infectious choruses you'll hear for a while.

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Mayor Of The Sunset Strip Review

Like most viewers of his documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, director George Hickenlooper (The Man From Elysian Fields), doesn't seem initially all that impressed with little Rodney Bingenheimer. A small, black-clad moppet with a Monkees haircut, Rodney may be this legendary DJ for Los Angeles alt-rock powerhouse KROQ, but how cool could he be? Then there's that scene early on when Rodney's taking us through his house, showing his walls of framed photographs and letters, some quite impressive, when he gets to Elvis's driver's license. You can hear Hickenlooper stop short and ask, "What? How did you get that?" Rodney says off-handedly, "Oh, he gave it to me," as though talking about somebody loaning him a dollar, before tottering away on his little matchstick legs.

To look at the life of Rodney is to look at a near-complete history of several decades of music. A shy kid from a broken home, Rodney left Mountain View, California, for Hollywood in the early 1960s and never really left. Quickly making himself at home on the Sunset Strip scene, Rodney surrounded himself with every kind of celebrity, especially from the music industry. One interviewee after another comments on his Andy Warhol-like blank demeanor that allows the famous and talented to see reflections of themselves. But there is also an eternally childlike innocence to him that was quickly picked up on: Cher, who practically adopted Rodney for a time with Sonny, talks about how you could just tell that Rodney never wanted anything from you, just to be there and absorb the glittery experience was enough. There's a sense of a kid trying to make up for his own fractured past with a famous family, and also just looking for someone to take care of him.

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