David Bowie is a staple on classic rock radio, and deservedly so. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (and my Rykodisc extended version) is clearly a four-star album. I am also quite fond of Outside (1995) and Earthling (2007), among other releases. Bowie has had duds. I listened . . . → Read More: David Bowie’s Reading List, By Mark Erickson
Gillian Gaar, longtime scribe to the Seattle scene, author of She’s A Rebel and other books, needs surgery and has no insurance. I hope you can donate, but at least please do try to spread the word around:
– Andrew Hamlin
. . . → Read More: Author in Need Seeks Eye Surgery Assistance, By Andrew Hamlin
The lecture in which Pat Thomas will participate, sponsored by the Northwest Film Forum on 1960s/1970′s underground African American films on Saturday March 23rd in Seattle has been changed from 8 pm to 6 pm – the NEW time for this free event is 6 pm !
After two trips to London (May and . . . → Read More: Pat Thomas, Ron Johnson and Gary Perry to Discuss Legacy of the 1965 Watts Riots, the LA Rebellion and Social Justice, Reviving a Cultural, Social, Artistic and Political Framework on March 23 at 6PM, New Time
Killer Show by John Barylick is a great Bugliosi-style book about the Great White concert fire in Rhode Island that killed 100.
This book describes how a group of head-bangers, suffering from various degrees of chemical dependency, and with a collective average IQ of maybe 80, gather, balls to the wall, in a wood-frame . . . → Read More: Killer Show – John Barylick – Book Review by John Layne Anderson
We all watched Philip Seymour Hoffman channel Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. But this is the man himself; the real article.
Listen close you yutes; you young bloods who never bought an album but pay out your ass for your data plan and call music free; there was a brief time in American history . . . → Read More: Lester Bangs About Music, By Davin Michael Stedman
I just heard that Richard Ben Cramer passed away. I have his DiMaggio biography, and I had heard that he was working on one of Alex Rodriguez. I had looked forward to reading it. It is a sad day for sports literature.
– Chuck Strom
It’s taken several decades, but maybe, someone has finally made Jack Kerouac‘s 1957 novel On The Road into a credible Hollywood film. This LA Times article tells the story of all the ups and downs along the way….
– Pat Thomas is the author of the recently released work, Listen, Whitey! The Sights . . . → Read More: Kerouac’s On the Road to Hit the Big Screen, By Pat Thomas
Poet and mystic William Blake was considered a madman by his contemporaries. His work received little attention while he was alive. I didn’t became aware of Blake until I plugged into Allen Ginsberg’s versions of Blake via Ginsberg’s song/poems – and via Van Morrison’s Sense of Wonder and Veedon Fleece albums where Van quotes . . . → Read More: Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake’s “The Nurse’s Song,” By Pat Thomas
Jerry Rubin died 18 years ago in a Los Angeles hospital. An anti-Vietnam War demonstrator during the 1960’s, he and Abbie Hoffman (and many others) marched on and surrounded the Pentagon in ’67, led the riots at the Chicago ’68 Democratic Convention, and inspired John & Yoko to campaign against Nixon in ’72. By . . . → Read More: Jerry Rubin – Entrepreneur, Yes, Republican, No, By Pat Thomas
I LIKE that we kill trees to make books. I love trees. I’m leaning up against one right now. I feel like a hunter of the Great Plains standing over the last gasp of a dying Buffalo when I hold a good book; admiring its achievement and its power. This book used to be . . . → Read More: BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman
BIG ASS BOOMBOX is a loud pop festival consisting of at least forty bands and fifteen writers performing in four venues over two days. This event is free and will take place in PORTLAND, OREGON on Jan 11 and 12, 2013. (This is after the end of the Mayan calendar, so no guarantees.)
more . . . → Read More: Big Ass Boombox – A Loud Pop Festival is Coming to Portland, Oregon, 1/11 and 1/12/2013
Happy Birthday to Sylvia Plath, one the literary obsessions of my youth, Steve Wynn turned me onto Peter Laughner decades ago, he said “this guy’s songwriting reminds me of you” and handed me a cassette of Laugnhers’s solo LP. I’m a little less obsessed with Plath these days, but I did buy a CD . . . → Read More: Peter Laughner – Sylvia Plath, By Pat Thomas
In 1971, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg wrote and recorded together. Bob took the tapes to CBS Records, who said “no way will we release this crap.” The tapes went unheard until 1982, when producer John Hammond started his own record company and put them out, as he saw it as a “landmark cultural . . . → Read More: Allen Ginsberg – Vomit Express, By Pat Thomas
The first biography of Nick Drake was published in 1986 and written in Danish. But that wasn’t what made the book unique. What made it special was that the author Gorm Henrik Rasmussen had spent time in 1979 and 1980 at Nick’s house interviewing both of his parents, getting an insight into Drake’s life . . . → Read More: Nick Drake – Pink Moon – Seminal Biography Now Available in English, By Pat Thomas
I’ll probably never get around to reading this novel, as I read almost nothing but non-fiction, but this novel about “Telegraph Avenue that bridges Berkeley and Oakland, that frisky, clamorous thoroughfare so identified, since the 1960s, with the counterculture and community life” sure sounds like it captures an area and an era that I’m . . . → Read More: Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue Out Soon, By Pat Thomas
On September 5, 1957, this book was published. I first read it 32 years ago. My two most vivid memories are 1) the shock of realizing that the events in the book took place between 1947 and 1950 and not in the late 50s/early 60s. 2) my Dad telling me (I was 16 yrs . . . → Read More: Jack Kerouac – 55 Years on the Road, By Pat Thomas
Excellent ca. 1985 interview wit’ The Great Gore, somehow unpublished ’til now!
. . . → Read More: Gore Vidal Unpublished Interview From 1985! By Tom Kipp
I love Don Delillo‘s novels, and serenely enjoyed, Cosmopolis, his short novel/long-short story of a few years ago. I wouldn’t have guessed that it could be made into a movie, however, as the text was low in the action quotient. Well, live and learn. It’s out soon as a movie with everyone’s favorite cuckolded . . . → Read More: Cosmopolis (2012) – Official Trailer – DeLillo Novel Comes to Big Screen
As a writer I consider him the greatest American stylist since at least WWII, if not since his beloved Henry James, as well as our finest essayist by quite a stretch. But I think his astonishing RANGE was most impressive of all–here was a fearless and fearsomely talented artist who conquered Television during its . . . → Read More: Gore Vidal, 1925 to 2012 – Farewell Great Gore, Never to be Forgotten… By Tom Kipp
I had no idea that “The Wave Speech” from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas had been given a name and taken on a life of it’s own amongst Thompson mavens and literary academics. I had wrongly assumed that I was the only one to find beauty in these six paragraphs and to excerpt . . . → Read More: The Wave Speech – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas