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TAPE MEASURESJim Sullivan reports on Neil Cooper's cult cassette-only label ROIR (Boston Globe, 1982), while Musician's Roy Trakin reviews ROIR releases by James Chance's Contortions & Lydia Lunch's 8-Eyed Spy. Plus Melody Maker's Push looks back on the label's 10th anniversary

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SHE'S THE ONENew York Rocker's Lisa Jane Persky puts her punk questions to the Ramones in the summer of 1976 and meets "Alan Suicide" [sic] that same year. Plus Lisa profiles KROQ's Rodney Bingenheimer for the L.A. Weekly in 1979…

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BYE BYE BABY — R.I.P. Les McKeown (1955-2021): Colin Irwin hangs out backstage at Top Of The Pops with the Bay City Rollers (1974)... and Angus Batey hears how Meat Loaf first met Bat Out Of Hell mastermind Jim Steinman (1947-2021). Plus Louise Criscione hears about 'Louie Louie' from the Kingsmen's Mike Mitchell (1944-2021) in 1966 and Frank Owen meets Digital Underground's Shock G (1963-2021) in 1989…

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