Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir by Nick Kent

By Nick Kent

Chronicling Nick Kent’s up-close , own, frequently harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the intercourse Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, between rankings of others, Apathy for the satan is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the gorgeous and the damned of this turbulent decade.

As a faculty dropout slightly out of his teenagers, Kent’s first 5 interviews have been with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the thankful lifeless, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. yet after the thrill and freedom of these early years, his tale might come to reflect that of the last decade itself, as he slipped into extra and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the satan is a compelling tale of proposal, luck, burn out, and rebirth from a vintage wordsmith.

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In this sense, punk’s image created the very climate that introduced it to the mainstream and that simultaneously assured it would be frozen out of the mainstream. As Danny 30 Fields has suggested, the “whole thing [punk] just got out of control and whatever chance the Ramones had to get on the radio based on the merit of the music was then wiped out by the Sex Pistols because it became too hot to handle. ” 32 To be sure, there was an unmistakable violence, at least rhetorically, in the Sex Pistols, but there was also a deep sense of humor and recognition of the fundamental absurdity of life.

The Ramones, in particular, were very much aware of the press and publicity they were generating, and were active participants in shaping their image and generating further press interest, as this 1977 interview from the New York Rocker suggests: What was the turning point? Dee Dee: That festival [the 1975 summer Rock Festival at CBGB]. Tommy: The turning point was ... when Lisa Robinson came down... actually we got some nice writeups from some people and we sent them out to the people in the trades, with a little picture of us.

In a gesture symbolic of 32 what Jimmy Carter would later call the nation’s “malaise,” the national Christmas tree was not lit in December 1973. America’s involvement in the Vietnam War officially ended in barely-controlled chaos atop the American embassy in Saigon in April 1975 with the last helicopter leaving as the North Vietnamese took the city. At the center of this crisis of confidence, both literally and symbolically, was New York City, which was headed into bankruptcy in 1975. 5 billion deficit was brought under control through a series of measures that severely impacted the work force, as roughly 60,000 workers were laid off over a three-year period.

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