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Alan Vega

Alan Vega (born Boruch Alan Bermowitz) is an American vocalist, primarily known for his work with electronic protopunk duo, Suicide. He is also an established sculptor.

T. Rex

T. Rex were a British rock band, formed in 1967 by singer/songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing four underground albums under the name. After earning success in the early and mid-1970s, the band broke up after Bolan was killed in a 1977 car accident.

Sparks

Sparks is an American rock and pop band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals).

Patti Smith

Patricia Lee Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Richard Hell

Richard Hell (born Richard Lester Meyers) is a singer, songwriter, bass guitarist and writer. Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion. He was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins.

Willie Alexander

Willie "Loco" Alexander is an American singer and keyboard player. He played with The Lost, The Bagatelle and The Grass Menagerie before becoming a member of The Velvet Underground in late 1971.

David Johansen

David Roger Johansen is an American rock, protopunk, blues and pop singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the seminal protopunk band The New York Dolls. He is also known for his work under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter.

The Standells

The Standells are a garage rock band formed in the 1960s, who have been referred to as the "Godfathers of Punk Rock". They are best known for their 1966 hit "Dirty Water".

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