Tusk in a Box

The red-blooded American in me loves a box set. Who doesn’t want lots of stuff, particularly if it’s attractively packaged? But the specifics of a box set are the rub. If you’re a fan of the artist, you likely already have much of the material on the box. If you’re not, buying one is a pricey way into an artist. They also rarely hold up from end to end. There’s frequently a disc that presents the artist in process, or one that honors the later material that only diehard fans care about.

"Punk" Does Justice to Punk

Right from the start, Punk had the sort of branding most magazines would kill for. Its 1975 debut issue featured a lengthy interview with Lou Reed that started during a Ramones show at CBGB and continued into the night. The conversation was one of the definitive depictions in print of Reed as he was often sarcastic, defensive and condescending, but when interviewer John Holmstrom was going for burgers after the show, he wanted to come along.