Couldn’t Help Himself

“Still, I continued to try to fool myself that this wasn’t really me. I was a novelist who happened to be writing about music, strictly as an avocation. When I finished my first book, Feel Like Going Home, I announced to the world, in an afterword to the book, that that was it, that I wasn’t going to write about music anymore. And I didn’t — for a while anyway. I quit for a couple of years and wrote another novel. Then Jim Miller, who was music editor at The Real Paper, tricked me into doing a story on Waylon Jennings by offering me a column. I was back! I couldn’t help myself.”

– Peter Guralnick, “My Back Pages: What Motivates a Music Critic,” Musician, April 1989

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