Buy Me, Boston author Brian Coleman / Photograph by Mary GalliSet against a background of Brutalist concrete and smoke-stained barrooms, the classic 1973 Boston crime thriller The Friends of Eddie Coyle reveals a city that’s both instantly familiar and impossibly distant. And while you might not necessarily want to live in this Boston, there’s no denying that it’s a fascinating place to visit.Luckily, local music journalist Brian Coleman has just gassed up the DeLorean—and you’re invited to ride shotgun.Coleman’s new book, Buy Me, Boston: Local Ads & Flyers, 1960s – 1980s, Volume 1—which drops with a launch party at the Brattle on November 11—takes us on a romp through this city’s dirty-water years. The hundreds of vintage advertisements crammed into this “fanzine on steroids” (as Coleman calls it) are presented without commentary, but they weave a tale of a lost world: a Boston where a Matty-less KISS 108 plays nothing but disco hits, there’s a porno theater screening Deep Throat right outside Hynes Convention Center, and Legal Sea Foods is still a tiny specialty shop that’s just dipped its toe into the restaurant business. Cover of Buy Me, Boston: Local Ads & Flyers, 1960s – 1980s, Volume 1 Image provided by Brian ColemanImage provided by Brian Coleman Local ads may seem like an odd choice for a retrospective, but, as Coleman points out: “Advertisements are not mediated by journalists or editors. They contain exactly what the owner wants to say.” And eventually, they transform into something far more than the mere calls to action they were originally intended to be—viewed through the lens of time, they unwittingly chart the rise and fall of empires. In these pages, the Hilltop Steak House’s gaudy 68-foot-tall cactus stands proud on Route 1, forever frozen in a moment of glory; it seems inconceivable that, decades later, this legendary temple of beef will succumb to the wrecking ball. A scrappy upstart Newbury Comics hawks Day-Glo hair dye to the punks of the ’80s with a crudely hand-drawn flyer. A young Maurice Starr bills himself as solo funk act “The Flaming Starr” a few years before launching the careers of New Edition and New Kids on the Block.Incidentally, the book also functions as the unofficial fossil record of Boston media itself, with much of its content plucked from the yellowing pages of publications both long-extinct (such as the Avatar) and more recently deceased (the Boston Phoenix, the Noise).Anyone familiar with Coleman’s previous books—hip-hop-history compendiums Rakim Told Me and the Check the Technique series—might, at first glance, see Buy Me, Boston as a bit of a departure. But for Coleman, the progression from crate-digging to this kind of pop-culture spelunking was a natural one: “The big difference between Check the Technique Vol. 2 and the one before it is there’s a ton more artifacts [featured in Vol. 2]. I went out of my way to track down stuff like that,” he says. “So I think that really got me going along that path.”It was a path that led Coleman through some rather obscure detours—after all, these sorts of artifacts aren’t easy to find. Being the very definition of disposable ephemera, local print ads are hardly the kind of thing we’re inclined to preserve. Rather, they tend to sink into an oceanic trench of faded memory, to murky fathoms so deep the light of Google will never reach them.Not unless someone brings them to the surface.Creating Buy Me, Boston required “dozens, maybe hundreds, of hours of research” in Coleman’s estimation—and access to local archivists’ files. Coleman unearthed many of his finds from the David Bieber Archives in Norwood—the life’s work of rock historian and collector extraordinaire David Bieber. Boasting some 48,500 periodicals, Bieber’s archives are a rummager’s paradise. Or, as Coleman describes it: “Have you seen Raiders of the Lost Ark? It’s the final scene, just better-lit.” Also indispensable were the archives of Kay Bourne (the former arts editor for Dorchester’s Bay State Banner), whose files reside at Emerson.Though Coleman grew up in Acton, and fondly remembers childhood trips into the city for Sox games and Steve’s Ice Cream, his drive to uncover long-forgotten Boston gems goes beyond mere nostalgia. “As everything becomes digital, there has to also be this continuity where people don’t lose sight of the past,” Coleman says. “This is almost like the appendix for your family album.” Hand anyone who spent time in Eddie Coyle–era Boston a copy of this book, he notes, and “instantly they’ll flip through, like, ‘Ah, I remember this shit! Oh God, the Rat!’” In other words, it’s an experience meant to be shared.In that spirit, this Sunday’s dual-program launch party at the Brattle is shaping up to be a fittingly epic trip down memory lane. The festivities kick off with a slideshow and a panel discussion with Bieber himself, plus fellow local luminaries Prince Charles Alexander, Blowfish (of Boston Groupie News), and journalist/podcaster Dart Adams. Next up, a special screening of found footage—potentially never-before-seen found footage, in fact: “I have some insane shit,” Coleman says. “I found a random box in the corner over at Bieber’s archive, and it just said ‘KISS 108.’ I was like, ‘What the hell is that?’” You’ll just have to wait till Sunday to find out.And Coleman assures us that there’s plenty more where that came from: “I have already sitting on my computer probably 1,600 images that weren’t used in this book,” he says. “The one thing I didn’t find—which drove me insane—was an ad for Steve’s Ice Cream. I’ll find it. I’ll get it. I will not put out Volume 2 without it, I promise you.”“Buy Me, Boston” Book Launch Event: $10 ($15 for double feature), November 11, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6837, brattlefilm.org. Literature When KISS Played Disco and the Rat Rocked: Travel Back in Time with Buy Me, Boston Music journalist Brian Coleman’s new book reveals our city as it was back in the 1960s through the 1980s. 11/8/2018, 6:04 p.m. Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Print By Shaula Clark· 1300130
Photo via Douglas Elliman Real EstateWhile it isn’t exactly Boston’s newest luxury condo complex, the Harbor Towers are still highly desirable for one main reason: They’re some of the only high-rise buildings along the waterfront. Translation? Uninterrupted harbor and skyline views, and all the people-watching you could ask for.Built in 1971, the 40-story concrete towers were originally slated to serve as affordable housing. They’re the work of legendary architect Henry Cobb—who also designed the Hancock Tower (now known as 200 Clarendon) and the soon-to-be-finished One Dalton—and his partner, I.M. Pei. The Brutalist twosome, which made an appearance on our 100 Best Buildings list, is sandwiched between the Aquarium and the boats lining Rowe’s Wharf. It was converted into condos in the 1980s, and is now made up of 624 residential units.Some 48 years old and still going strong, the Harbor Towers have had four condos go on the market just this month. Below, take a peek inside the units for sale.Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage1. 85 E India Row Unit 38C, BostonPrice: $1,699,000Size: 1,226 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 2Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage2. 65 E India Row Unit 10B, BostonPrice: $1,199,999Size: 1,650 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2.5Photo via Douglas Elliman Real Estate3. 85 E India Row Unit 16H, BostonPrice: $759,000Size: 880 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Photo via Douglas Elliman Real Estate4. 65 E India Row Unit 25F, BostonPrice: $1,895,000Size: 1,915 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2.5 1/22/2019, 3:19 p.m. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print By Madeline Bilis· For Sale/Rent Want to Live in the Harbor Towers? Four Condos There Hit the Market This Month Two words: waterfront views. 84085 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more.
Sign up for our newsletters to receive the best news every day.* Boston’s Preschool Program Ranks Near the Top among Major Cities Rutgers researchers gave Boston and four other cities a “gold” rating. Sign up for our newsletters to receive the best news every day. Print 1/24/2019, 12:15 p.m. Photo via iStockBoston preschools rank among the best in the country, according to researchers at Rutgers, who put the city’s pre-K program in the top five among major cities.The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, which assessed “quality and accessibility” of 40 urban pre-K programs in a new report, gave Boston and four other cities a “gold” ranking. Others in the top tier were San Antonio, Charlotte, Nashville, and New York City.Preschool programs were awarded “gold” if they met eight of 10 benchmarks—including professional development for educators and acceptable teacher-to-child ratios—and if at least 30 percent of children in the city are enrolled in pre-K. Boston met eight of the benchmarks.Boston under Mayor Marty Walsh has sought to move the city to universal pre-K, a complex process that involves a network of both city-run and community-run classrooms that meet common standards. It has never gotten the millions in funding Walsh and his officials say the initiative needs—Walsh has sought help from the state Legislature and once quipped he’d sell City Hall if that’s what it took.“Investing in high quality early education opportunities for our children is the best investment we can make as a city in their future,” Walsh said in a tweet Thursday. “Proud that the City is being recognized as a national leader in early childhood education.”More: Read our ultimate guide to preschool in Boston for 2018 here. By Spencer Buell· 15017
Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 4/9/2019, 2:30 p.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell· The announcement comes a day after actress Felicity Huffman and 13 others named in the scandal said in court documents they planned to plead guilty to the charges they face. Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to secure phony SAT scores for her daughter. Prosecutors reportedly are reportedly recommending she receive a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release.Loughlin, known for starring on the show “Full House,” has not spoken publicly about the charges. At her appearance in Boston last week she was greeted by a crowd of adoring fans.#BREAKING: 16 parents involved in #CollegeAdmissionsScandal indicted by federal grand jury in #Boston. Defendants will be arraigned in Boston at a date to be determined. https://t.co/eqMIN88P6q #CollegeCheatingScandal— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) April 9, 2019 Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)A new set of indictments has been handed down to 16 parents related to the unfolding college admissions scandal, including actress Lori Loughlin.A federal grand jury added new charges related to the way parents allegedly funneled money to William “Rick” Singer in an effort to get their children admitted to elite universities with bribes for phony test results and bogus recommendations from coaches. Singer has pleaded guilty to federal counts for conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice.Loughlin and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among those given additional charges for “conspiring to launder the bribes and other payments in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through Singer’s purported charity and his for-profit corporation, as well as by transferring money into the United States, from outside the United States, for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme,” U.S. Attorney’s Andrew Lelling’s office said in an announcement Tuesday.They face one count each of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, charges that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Additionally, the mail fraud charge could lead to a fine of at least $250,000, and the money laundering charge at least $500,000, according to the announcement. Related: ] News Lori Loughlin and 15 Others Face New Charges in College Admissions Scheme New indictments for money laundering were announced Tuesday. Print 14014