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November 2014

Sonic Shocks - Issue 30

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SEX, DRUGS, ROCK'N'ROLL AND THE STOCK MARKET Last remaining Heartbreaker Walter Lure on Johnny Thunders, Sex Pistols, Wall Street and much more...

Interview by Cristina Massei The occasion is the opening of rock’n’roll photographer Bob Gruen’s first major British exhibition; the event is a star-studded aftershow at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel, with Kate Moss and Jamie Hince also making an appearance. The lucky guests are treated to an intimate live performance by the ultimate punk rockabilly supergroup, featuring Heartbreakers’ Walter Lure with Sigue Sigue Sputnik’ Neal X, Smutty Smith from Rockats, Dave Ruffy of The Ruts and Phil Polecat. Later they’re joined on stage by Marc Almond for a rendition of Vince Taylor’s ‘Brand New Cadillac’. After the tragic loss of Billy Rath in August, Walter Lure is the only surviving member of Johnny Thunders’ legendary Heartbreakers. A few days after the show we hook up with Walter to talk of recent projects and take a trip back to Punk Memory Lane, as the iconic band’s legacy grows stronger and Danny Garcia’s ‘Looking for Johnny’ finally hits the screens. Warning: some of this might cause time-travel sickness and a lingering sense of nostalgia. Well, not for the power of British censorship in the 70s I guess.. Hi Walter, first of all was great seeing you in London last week celebrating Bob Gruen. How did you get involved? I’ve been friends with Bob since the Dolls’ days and have run into him many times over the years – the most recent time being a Memorial Celebration for Leee Black Childers in New York back in late August.   He’s always been friendly and has managed to snap quite a few pictures of me and my various band mates over the years.  I’ve also known Smutty Smith of Levi and the Rockats fame since the mid 70s, when I was living with the Heartbreakers over in London. Leee Childers, the Heart-

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