Ladies and Gentlemen …

Ladies and Gentlemen …

And now, for a message from one of my other obsessions … The biggest news out of the UK today, as far as I’m concerned, was not prime minister David Cameron’s reading of Chapter 30 of Moby-Dick for the “Moby-Dick Big Read” project....
Still A Prisoner of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Still A Prisoner of Rock ‘n’ Roll

I came late to the Bruce Springsteen party. At least, that’s what one of my high school friends told me. He was one of those kids who had painfully “cool” taste in music: he was always talking about new music before everyone else was talking about...
Some Girls and the MXR Phase 90

Some Girls and the MXR Phase 90

I’ve been listening to the newly released remastered version of Some Girls and enjoying the 12 bonus tracks that accompany it. I’ll be writing about those tracks here in the months to come with the idea of producing a Kindle-based companion volume to my...

Remembering Some Girls and Marquee Moon at McNally Jackson

Bryan Waterman and I celebrated the release of our books for Continuum’s 33 1/3 series last night with a joint reading at the McNally Jackson Books in Nolita. We talked about the ways in which we conceive of my book, The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, and...

Thar She Blows: The Sound of Animals Fighting

I was investigating The Sound of Animals Fighting, a band that Chani suggested in response to my Globalize My Playlist post, and I came across their song “Ahab” from their 2008 album The Ocean and the Sun. At least, I think it’s a song. It’s...