The Dictators are a classic example of the “ahead of their time” syndrome. Born after the decline and disbandment of proto-punk bands such as the MC5 and the Stooges, and before the emergence of The Ramones, Television, and other punk bands, The Dictators career saw them torn between arena dreams and small club realities..
Andy Shernoff was a smart, funny undergraduate at State University of New York, New Paultz. He wrote, edited and published an early fanzine, Teenage Wasteland Gazette. Through his fanzine he formed a friendship with rock writer Richard Meltzer, lyricist for Blue Oyster Cult and author of The Aesthetics of Rock, the first book to treat rock music with an academic yet humorous approach. A... Read More