Alibi V.21 No.26 • June 28-July 4, 2012 
Dick Clark and provocateur Alan Freed dance off.

Music History

King of Rock and Rollers

The making of Dick Clark and the breaking of Alan Freed

When rock and roll trailblazers Alan Freed and Dick Clark were called to testify about payola in 1960, it ended one man’s career and managed to boost the other’s.

Aural Fixation

Pride-Time Disco Nap

Ten mellow, bittersweet, gay songs

Pride can be exhausting—perhaps you need a disco nap?

Go ahead and make a cup of chamomile and take a break from the shimmer and feathers and accelerated BPMs with this relaxed mix of songs sung by gay men.

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Flyer on the Wall

Bloodletting

If you like your gay on the Rob Halford end of the sonic spectrum, Leeches of Lore, Boar Worship, Fando and Contortionist are here to fill the void of distortion, aggression and medieval/occult imagery. Note that this show isn’t an official part of Pride. It just happens concurrently Downtown at Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Saturday, June 30, at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. (JCC)

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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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