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Backstage Pass: Scott Kempner: From The Dictators to Dion

As co-founder of The Dictators, guitarist Scott Kempner helped make rock ’n’ roll dangerous again at a time when flaccid disco was king and arty pretension was killing music’s soul. One of the finest proto-punk outfits ever assembled, The Dictators blazed a trail of uncompromising loud rock ’n’ roll that inspired the rise of New York City’s punk scene.