How Venom Accidentally Bootlegged Their Own Black Metal History
Founding guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn gives us his honest opinion of bootlegging, the new 'Assault!" boxset, and Venom's wild, strange legacy.
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People Were Stealing Music Long Before Millennials Ruined Everything with Internet Pirating
Music pirating has existed since the beginning of recorded music—but the last decade would rather have you blame yourself, your bedroom, and Napster. This is the history.
Alex Robert Ross
How Would-Be Alchemists Made Booze During Prohibition
Matthew Rowley’s new book <i>Lost Recipes of Prohibition</i> examines an era when compounders and distillers of varying abilities were doing their best to keep people buzzed.
Moonshine Culture May Have Given Way to a Preference for Small-Batch Meth
Meth and moonshine have drawn comparisons before, but in Appalachia, an area where moonshine once reigned, the local culture and customs may have helped the meth trade thrive.
Alabama's Moonshine Task Force Is Closing In on the Last Few Aging Bootleggers
The ABC Board, which operates a statewide monopoly on liquor sales, is funded by a liquor tax and performs its own enforcement. Recently, enforcement has taken the form of a massive crackdown on their only competition: moonshiners.