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Betsy Sherman

Betsy Sherman

Betsy Sherman is a Boston, Massachusetts-based writer who got her start in the early 1980s with the monthly Boston Rock, which covered the city’s vibrant punk/new wave scene, as well as out-of-town bands on tour. For Boston Rock, she wrote features, reviews, and an opinion column, Merit Badges. Her sometime pen name Betsy Badges was a reference to her vast collection of punk badges. This hobby grew into a business for which she designed and made badges and imported them from the UK, affording her a superb excuse to make trips to London to see her beloved British bands. Since then, she has written almost exclusively about the movies, for The Boston Globe (1987-2000), The Improper Bostonian (1995-1998), Art New England (1990s), WBUR Public Arts (2003-2006), The Boston Phoenix (2007-2013), and, currently, The Arts Fuse. She has a master’s degree in archives management from Simmons University; the best job she ever had was working on the Lenny Bruce Collection held at Brandeis University.

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Dexys Midnight Runners: Rambler in the Rye

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 30 March 1983

AT LAST, a foot in the door! Dexys Midnight Runners: the name is finally getting around because of their brilliant, buoyant single 'Come On Eileen', ...

The Fabulous Billygoons, The Specials: The Specials enjoy themselves

Report and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 1 October 1981

YOU COULD'VE taken a seat in the Bradford Hotel lobby and gotten a pretty good show for free. Besides all manner of impatient fans milling ...

Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Man Parrish: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Man Parrish: Club New York, Nine Lansdowne Street, Boston MA

Live Review by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 5 July 1983

Club New York Takes It On The Hip-Hop ...

The Human League Wants You

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 20 May 1982

ONCE UPON a time in Sheffield, England, there were four men who called themselves the Human League. They made expressive synthesizer music with intriguing lyrics ...

Pete Shelley: Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 21 January 1982

PETE SHELLEY last appeared in these pages just over a year ago, during the Buzzcocks' final tour. They recorded three singles which were to lead ...

Simple Minds Dream A New Gold Dream

Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 5 July 1983

JIM KERR'S eyes light up. "I saw (the German film) Fitzcarraldo three weeks after our album was complete, and there was a subtitle in it ...

The Undertones: → Undertones

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 20 October 1982

WE CAN now exhale in relief — the Undertones are back and they've hardly changed. They've gotten some lines in their formerly cherubic faces since ...

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