Maybe the name won't ring a bell for some people, but if you grew up on Long Island, or any one of about a thousand places like Long Island, about
20 30 years ago, Don Kirshner, who died on Monday at age 77, was the preeminent guide to new bands and deeply distressing fashion. His show, "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert," was appointment television. Of course, there was nothing on television in the 1970s anyway, so Kirshner's ridiculous but endearing monotone delivery was all we had. But I'll always be indebted to him for letting me know about the existence of Lynryd Skynyrd. David Segal wrote a wonderful profile of Kirshner several years ago, which you can read here. And here is Don Kirshner introducing a pretty awesome Ramones appearance in 1977:
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