Early Coley

A review of Byron Coley’s C’est la guerre: Early Writings: 1978-1983 (published by L’Oie de Cravan, in both English and French), at Blurt Online.

And to further mark the occasion, an interesting interview with Coley at Vice magazine.

Q: So back when this stuff was being written, did you think you’d still be writing about music 30 years later?
A: I remember talking to Richard Meltzer back then and he was telling me ‘You got to give this up! If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you have to stop this. You can’t keep writing about rock music after 30.’ But I always had this thing for it. I would watch people like Richard or Lester Bangs or Nick Tosches sort of from the sidelines when I lived in New York and it just looked like they were having a lot of fun. They weren’t doing anything really productive, but I would just look at them and think ‘What a way to die!’

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