Author: Richard Gehr

  • Taking Aim at the Sex Pistols

    1992 Reviews of books about the Sex Pistols in the Village Voice by Richard Gehr

    Vicious and His Circle: Taking Aim at the Sex Pistols From the Voice Literary Supplement On the level of gossip, where most rock hagiographies tend to begin and end, the Sex Pistols’ bio contains no more death and decadence than a hundred other tales of fame and misfortune. The Beatles, the Beach Boys, even Geraldo […]

  • Best Civic Gadflies

    By now, everyone from New York Public Library leaders to City Council members agrees that the NYPL’s 2008 decision to sell its Donnell branch to a Chinese luxury-hotel company for a fraction of its value was a big mistake. But the NYPL board’s scheme to transform seven floors of “stacks” in its magnificent 42nd Street […]

  • Best Midweek Music Hang

    There are precious few opportunities to enjoy a frosty beverage while slipping into the transcendental time warp of a classical Indian raga — which makes the Brooklyn Raga Massive’s peripatetic Wednesday night events kind of like the Alamo Drafthouse of Indian classical music. Launched in 2012 by sitarist Neel Murgai and tablist Samir Gupta, this […]

  • Best Way to Experience Live Opera

    Nestled between Lincoln Center edifices shamelessly branded for a pair of billionaire Davids — Koch and Geffen — the Metropolitan Opera imagines itself the Mecca of American high culture. And while seeing opera in person is a Good Thing, watching the Met’s Live in HD simulcasts at your local movie palace is even better: The […]

  • Best Comics Resource

    Under a vintage Williamsburg sign advertising Italian, French, and Sicilian breads, Gabe Fowler’s gluten-free Desert Island Comics (540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-388-5087, has been a heady source of colorful graphic wonderment since 2008. Alongside DC’s and Marvel’s latest high concepts, hot-selling titles from Daniel Clowes (Patience), BoJack Horseman lead illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, and Simon […]

  • Sounds of Spring: 11 Must-See NYC Concerts

    Critic’s Pick: Doing Work Young Fathers have scared the shit out of people three times: once back in 2014, when the Scottish three-piece (live, a sometimes four-piece) received the Mercury Prize for their asymmetrical hip-pop album Dead, beating out surefire frontrunners FKA twigs and Damon Albarn with their diasporic brand of experimental, architectural sad-guy bangers; […]


    We recently ran into our mono-monikered friend Stew, who’s been rehearsing “Notes of a Native Song,” a new assemblage of songs, texts, and video inspired by writer James Baldwin. As with his Tony Award–winning musical Passing Strange, “Notes” is a collaboration with Heidi Rodewald, a longtime musical partnership that goes back to their hard-rocking days […]


    “It’s the sound of feet, pounding the street/The sound of knuckles on the door.” Always be closing, people. That’s the singing-and-dancing message behind Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals, a fantastically designed book by Steve Young and Sport Murphy. The authors will be on hand tonight to introduce rare footage from […]


    Hindus celebrate the rite of spring known as Holi by taking to the streets and dousing one another with colored powders and liquids. And if you happen to be in Brooklyn, you could take to the Yard for Festival of Colors: Holi NYC, where a dozen or so group and DJs — including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, […]


    An ecstatic array of non-electronic repetition will be explored during “A World in Trance,” four nights of transporting sounds from a half-dozen countries. The powerful Mauritanian griot singer Noura Mint Seymali and her dazzling guitarist husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, commence the festivities tonight with Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux, who play the pastoral flute music […]