Richard Goldstein releases memoir

Richard Goldstein, one of the founders of rock criticism, has recently published his memoir, Another Little Piece of My Heart. Planning to read it soon, with followup to come on this site, but in the meantime, there’s a very entertaining live interview with Goldstein at Word magazine. (Main page of Word podcasts is here; direct Goldstein link here.) Also: If you’re in New York, Strand … Continue reading Richard Goldstein releases memoir

Phil Dellio’s ‘Interrupting My Train of Thought’

Never mind that I’m more than a little biased on the subject of a new book by Phil Dellio—said book of which I helped edit and for which I built a WordPress promotional site to boot—but it would be remiss of me not to make at least a little bit of noise about it on this site. At 400+ pages, assembled thematically (chapters on Nixon … Continue reading Phil Dellio’s ‘Interrupting My Train of Thought’

Summer Fun with The Dean x 3

1. The Dean lands ass first in, of all places, Billboard. Yes–a new column. Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we’ll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for … Continue reading Summer Fun with The Dean x 3

Michael Goldberg’s Freak Scene Dream Trilogy

  I completed the Freak Scene Dream trilogy earlier this year. The Freak Scene Dream Trilogy consists of “True Love Scars,” “Days of the Crazy-Wild” and “Beautiful Dying.” The trilogy is a rock ‘n’ roll/coming-of-age story set in the late ’60s and early ’70s. On one level, it’s about two young men, Michael Stein and Jim Costello, and the difficulties they face in their relationships … Continue reading Michael Goldberg’s Freak Scene Dream Trilogy

Enhanced Guralnick Bios

“Mr. Guralnick’s e-book project is a particularly ambitious example of what seems be a growing trend in the publishing world. As the technology for adding ‘enhanced content’ like music, video and documents to the electronic versions of books advances, publishers are incorporating more of that material into work about popular music, whether critical assessments like Mr. Guralnick’s or the autobiographies and memoirs written by musicians… … Continue reading Enhanced Guralnick Bios

Turn Around Bright Ears

Was planning to read Turn Around Bright Eyes (no, silly, not that Turn Around Bright Eyes, the one by Rob Sheffield) but for reasons too complicated to explain (it involves two Christmas gifts, one of which was embarrassingly last minute), I ended up not reading it but purchasing and listening, mostly in my car, to the audiobook version through iTunes instead (cashing out an iTunes … Continue reading Turn Around Bright Ears

Carl Wilson Talks About Love (Not the Arthur Lee-led outfit)

MT: After release the book took on a life of its own, in terms of publicity and reach. Did that surprise you? CW: People have been wonderfully nice. But that’s always the hope. I would call it more of a relief and a pleasure than a surprise – if nothing like that had happened, it would have been a disappointment. I think the surprise is … Continue reading Carl Wilson Talks About Love (Not the Arthur Lee-led outfit)

The Odd Critical Appeal of Steely Dan

Some extremely juicy thoughts on Steely Dan in Ian Penman’s lengthy review of Donald Fagen’s Eminent Hipsters (which I place near the top of the list of musician autobiographies I should read; granted, it’s an incredibly short list, maybe three or four tops which even interest me). I appreciate Penman’s placement of ’70s SD as an uneasy midpoint between Joni Mitchell and the Ramones (“pinup … Continue reading The Odd Critical Appeal of Steely Dan