Amy Fiddler, Former Indie Record Label Entrepreneur Publishes Debut Novel About "the Ultimate Music Fan"

Emily Shur, compliments of the author

Amy Fleisher Madden, better known to South Florida's punk scene as Amy Fiddler, began a strange journey into self-publication and independent record label operating at the tender age of 16. Her fanzine, Fiddler Jones was indicative of the pop punk '90s with a Cometbus-styled bend that balanced band interviews, reviews, and personal musings with humorous anecdotes about the scene strewn about for good measure.

From the fledgling upstart, undoubtedly fabricated during the heydays of the Office Depot "honor system," Fleisher went on to found Fiddler Records in 1996 that released records by local favorites the Vacant Andys, Milkshed, and the Agency as well as national heavy-hitters like New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, and Juliette Lewis & the Licks.

It's been many years since her hectic teenage years as an entrepreneur and Fleisher has reinvented herself first into the world of advertising and more recently back into the world of publication -- armed with her first novel A Million Miles. We had a chance to discuss her past and the book. And while she might no longer be a local resident, this local girl done good, is proud of her South Florida roots.

See also: The Queen of the Fiddler Records Empire Returns to the Music Biz

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John Wayne Biographer, Former Palm Beach Post Writer Scott Eyman Talks About "The Duke"

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Photo by 20th Century Fox via Flickr cc
Scott Eyman's retirement from the Palm Beach Post was a great loss to the paper. He was far and away its most sophisticated writer on cultural matters, serving as film critic, then books editor and art critic.

In his spare time, he turned out 13 books, most notably a series of epic studies of the titans of Hollywood's Golden Age, including directors John Ford and Ernst Lubitsch and studio chief Louis B. Mayer.

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Learn Your Music History with The Front: The Band That Time Forgot, "a No Budget Punk Film"

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Andre Peterson

With the way the current generation of garage rockers ape and fetishize the new wave of punk, the fact that a band like South Florida's the Front never really made it seems just a bit more heartbreaking in 2014.

There are currently labels that fill their rosters with new artists that sound like Pete Shelley's bastard children and make records that could be easily mistaken for dollar bin gems from '79. And while we're certainly not complaining about that, it is serendipitous that the Front's story is finally going to be told at this particular point in time with the debut of the documentary film The Front: The Band That Time Forgot. The trends have finally made it so that the group's tale and music may be fully appreciated by younglings and those that were there alike. People will finally get a proper look at what many consider one of the best bands the area ever spawned.

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From Bon Jovi to Katy Perry, Bluewater Productions Cranks Out Rock Star Comic Books

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Bluewater Productions

Who is your favorite comic book character? Spider-man? Batman? Groo the Wanderer? Darren Davis publisher of Bluewater Productions would like it to be Jon Bon Jovi, Freddy Mercury, or Kurt Cobain as his company has published biographical comics of each of these rock stars this month.

"In 2008, we noticed even with every big movie being based on a comic book character, comic book sales were going down." Davis told the New Times from his Portland, OR, office. "We needed to do something different to bring in readers."

It was an election year, and seeing all the attention Antarctic Press was getting for their comic books about Barack Obama and John McCain, he decided to publish comics about Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. "We tried to focus less on politics and more about female empowerment. Those books took off and we continue to do them today." Including one coming later this year, Floridians can look forward to or dread, about Senator Marco Rubio.

See also: Mike Kaye Asks: "Can Other Comic Books Save Real People?"

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Bunny Yeager to Attend Her Sexy Pinup Show in Palm Beach

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All images courtesy of Bunny Yeager

An American original on both sides of the lens, Miami's own Bunny Yeager mixes it up tomorrow among the swells of Palm Beach. How high the risqué have risen!

The '50s pin-up girl, who went on to a long career as a photographer, is in town for an exhibition of her work and to promote the book Bunny Yeager's Darkroom (complete with intro by Dita Von Teese). Ever-stylish and seemingly ageless, Yeager will be at the Gavlak Gallery, the island enclave's most cutting-edge arts space.

See also: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale Hosting Pin Up Party for Bunny Yeager Photo Exhibition

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Phillip Crandall's Andrew W.K. I Get Wet 33 1/3 Book Release Brings "Party" to Radio-Active Records

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The first time Phillip Crandall saw Andrew W.K. live, he was just out of college but still living in Gainesville. Crandall described the experience in his new 33 1/3 book on W.K.'s I Get Wet: "Afterwards, I couldn't remember a single between-song sentiment Andrew shared with us, only the added bonus excitement that context instilled. Those feelings are sacred and that context incredible." He told us it was, simply, "the raddest concert I'd ever been to."

It was fitting that we met up with Crandall for the International Noise Conference at Miami's Churchill's Pub to discuss his recent publication. Much of the book focuses on the Ann Arbor noise scene -- one in which W.K. was entrenched growing up -- also, he performed with To Live and Shave in L.A. briefly alongside Rat Bastard, the man behind the festival taking place at the Little Haiti bar. All sorts of sounds came through the door as we sat on the back patio and got to know a little bit more about Crandall and the process of writing his first book.

See also: Andrew W.K. Says "Twitter Is a Party"
Andrew WK's column with our sister paper the Village Voice.

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Luna Rex's Novelist, Guitarist J. Lee Glassman on Key West, Bioluminescence and the Written Word

The author

J. Lee Glassman is a South Florida poet, musician and novelist. He's also a man of two worlds; those disparate entities being Palm Beach and Key West. While he might be better known to our readers as Luna Rex's rhythm guitarist, Glassman is also the author of a 2008 collection of poetry Sloppy Poems and Other Senseless Banter Barely Worthy of a Bar Napkin that reflects in short bursts what he has gone on to explore in the larger novel treatment.

His newest endeavor, Jonny Bails Floatin and the Luck of the Bioluminescence, goes on to explore the quirks of Key West living through the title character Jonny Bails; a hard-drinking street performer with a night fishing problem who gets himself into a bioluminescent fix whilst enduring the (un)wanted knack for discovering bales of weed at sea and transient love. We had the chance to speak with Glassman about his book and his South Florida experience.

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Mike Kaye Asks: "Can Other Comic Books Save Real People?"

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Every big superhero has a secret identity. Local comic book author Mike Kaye claims his creation, the awkward frog man Amphoman's alter ego is Dr. Ulrius Joules. But as New Times interviewed him, it turned out both Amphoman and Dr. Joules might actually be Kaye's own alter egos.

Kaye pours his own struggles, whether financial, family related or his own battle with cancer into each action-packed, family friendly volume of Amphoman, a saga that now spans nine colorful issues. While Amphoman might battle super-powered costumed cretins, Kaye tries to fight his enemy by donating proceeds from each comic sold toward cancer research. After putting his three children to bed Kaye found time to answer our questions.

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Evelyn McDonnell on Writing the Story of the Runaways

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Tim Maxeiner
"I really feel like I did some of my best work while at the Miami Herald," Evelyn McDonnell admits. The writer spent eight years there as the pop music critic. But she was familiar with Miami even before moving here. She'd attended years of Winter Music Conference (which she calls "pretty much Miami at its finest") while living and working in New York for our sister paper the Village Voice. Now, as an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Loyola Marymount University, she's looking forward to returning to this strange Southern city to read from and discuss her newest book, Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways.

Along with Lynn Goldsmith, David N. Meyer, and Mark Kurlansky, McDonnell will also be part of a music-focused panel at the Miami Book Fair International. Queens of Noise, she says, "is a story about young women, it's a coming-of-age story, and it's a story about Southern California. It's got these great characters who also happen to be rock stars," she says, adding that it is both "a cautionary and inspiring tale."

If you think you're an expert on the Runaways because you caught the movie, know now that you aren't. This book brings the background to the forefront and reveals the complete story of this all-female rock band. We spoke with the author about which Runaway was the most difficult to speak with (spoiler alert: None sounds like a piece of cake), Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and her finest Miami memory.

See also: Cherie Currie on Runaways Reunion: "It Would Be So Great to Show People That It Mattered"

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Stephanie McMillan Talks Comics Journalism and Why "Capitalism Must Die"

Stephanie McMillan's "Capitalism Must Die"

Broward County activist Stephanie McMillan's heart has always pumped rebel blood. When she was 12, she dreamed of joining a commune and resented missing the '60s. When she was 15, a cousin gave her Jonathan Schell's Fate of the Earth, a book warning against nuclear proliferation, which she promptly reviewed for her high school's literary magazine. And already deeply politicized teenager, she discovered cartooning could serve as an outlet for her ideas while attending college at NYU in the late '80s.

Since then, she's published several books, and her strips have appeared in papers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Sun Sentinel, and news site the Daily Beast. Howard Zinn described her award-winning comics-journalism collection The Beginning of the American Fall as "social satire at its wittiest and most engaging." And in a recent statement to New Times, Ted Rall, boss man of cartooning, described it as "some of the best editorial commentary in visual form that has ever been produced."

See also:
-Capitalism Must Die!: Stephanie McMillan's New Comics Journalism

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