I find Charles Keiger's work pedestrian and derivative. It is based in subjective and laughable surrealism, all stolen from the greats and reduced here for consumption for those he thinks do not know his influences. A sad example of modern "surrealistic" art - (f)art for the simpleminded who "love pretty horsies." Honestly, get some Grant Wood and do yourself a favor.
His nickname (due to the tight pants) was "Big Dick Fred." He was a gentle man.
Great article. I wasn't in a "punk" band at the time, although my band (The Raves) played the 688, Agora, etc etc (even Rose's Cantina!) back in the day many times. We were more "power pop" I guess. Anyway, Chris used to come see us whenever we played The Bistro (since burned down) because his girl worked there as a waitress and she liked us. So Chris would sit in a chair, arms folded and stare at us as we played, daring us to do... I dunno what. It was an intimidating site, but I got to know Chris after a while and realized underneath the Nazi crap he was a gentle soul and pretty funny too. Anyway, he finally admitted to liking us but swore if I ever told any of his punk friends he'd deny it. Guess it doesn't matter anymore. RIP Chris. RIP 688 and Plex. Punk's not dead, it just smells that way!
-Jim Yoakum NYC
Former Atlantan, been in NYC going on 3 years. Yeah, it can be harsh at times but Atlanta can also be harsh (remember the traffic?). I find New Yorkers are VERY nice and love to show off their knowledge of the city and (come on guys admit it) we Southerners can say "Y'all come back now ya hear?" all we want be but WE know it sometimes is really our way of saying "Glad you came to visit, it NOW TIME TO LEAVE." At least a New Yorker will tell you to get the hell out without the sugar-coating. Yeah, NYC can be nerve racking - but Atlanta can also bore you to tears and drive you spare with it constant boasts of "being the Big Peach"... uh, what? New York is New York and Atlanta has a massive inferiority complex. We all know this is true. I still love the ATL but NYC is my home now. Oh, I do agree it's virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get sweet ice tea, GOOD BBQ and such jhere - but I've also yet to have a pizza here as good as the ones at Shorty's on North Druid Hills Road. Plus cigaretters here are now $9 a pack!!!! WHAT????
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