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Rob Chapman, unpublished, 2002

LET'S PLAY how to be hip. The rules go something like this. MC5 plus gritty urban Detroit plus White Panther polemic equals street cred and critical acceptance. Iggy & The Stooges plus gritty urban Detroit plus peanut butter and heroin equals same. Ramones plus CBGBs plus Tod Browning Freaks references, well gabba gabba we accept you. Whereas Slade plus unreconstructed Black Country accents plus Hill and Holder's sartorial inelegance and rabble rousing crowd pleasing stage antics equals… well I think you can see where we're going with this.

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