Posts Tagged With: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Publication day for “Chrissie Hynde: A Musical Biography”

sobseyA few years back, I wrote a News & Observer story about a really cool project called “Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark.” A year-long chronicle of the Durham Bulls minor-league baseball team, “Bull City Summer” brought together more than a dozen photographers, writers and artists to document what went on over the course of a season — not just on the field but in the stands, behind the scenes and even on the streets outside. By all means, buy the book because it’s really worth your time even if you’re not a baseball fan.

I was immensely impressed with everyone on the “Bull City Summer” crew, but especially journalist Adam Sobsey, a baseball reporter who penned a series of insightful essays that brought the world of Triple-A baseball to life. The subject was more sports than music, but I loved Adam’s writing and was also kind of in awe of his ability to turn around fully thought-out essays literally on the spot. I got in touch with Adam because I figured he had a book in him, and that definitely turned out to be the case.

Tuesday is the official publication date for the hardcover version of Adam’s “Chrissie Hynde: A Musical Biography,” a modestly titled but nevertheless brilliant look at the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and iconic leader of The Pretenders. Among other things, “Chrissie Hynde” fills in a lot of time periods that Hynde herself didn’t cover in her own 2015 memoir “Reckless,” and Adam’s music criticism throughout the book is absolutely first-rate.

This is the 11th entry in the University of Texas Press American Music Series (with  No. 12, the anthology “Woman Walk the Line,” set to come out in September). Adam covered some of the background to his book here, and there’s a link to an excerpt here.

Adam will also be conducting readings (accompanied by a live band playing Pretenders songs, of course) at Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books on May 4, and Durham’s Global Breath Studio on May 5.

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Not pretending, here’s our next cover

Next up in the American Music Series will be the 11th title we’ve published since 2012, and it’s a book that takes us even further from the series’ original Americana origins. Coming in the spring is “Chrissie Hynde: A Musical Biography,” about the iconic Pretenders front woman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, penned with great flair by the very fine writer Adam Sobsey (who recently previewed the Pretenders when they played Durham last month). And below is the cover.

Look for “Chrissie Hynde” in April (or pre-order it now here). It will be followed, later in 2017, by the anthology “Woman Walk the Line.”

 

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Talking about this and that

RiffRaffTwo new interviews turned up on the interwebs this week, one a Q&A on the music blog RiffRaff and the other a conversational podcast for Eastern North Carolina’s Kinston Free Press newspaper (my part starts just over 41 minutes in and lasts about 10 minutes). Check ’em out to see and/or hear yours truly gab about Ryan Adams and “Losering” as well as a host of other subjects — musical gifts to buy for friends and loved ones, Link Wray being unjustly shut out of  the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (again!) and even the most beautiful 23 seconds in all of popular music.

While I’m at it, I’d like to point out another nice “Losering” review that was published a few weeks ago on a blog called “The Unofficial Scorer,” as a dual review covering my book plus the exhaustive new Mark Lewisohn-penned Beatles book. Not to get above my raising or anything, but I must say that I like the company!

Finally, with Christmas fast approaching, please don’t forget that “Losering” would still make a great holiday gift. Just sayin’.

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On the shelf at the Hall of Fame

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Photo courtesy of Suzanne Berardi-Gould

So you might recall my recent discovery that a copy of “Losering” had found its way into the stacks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives, which I thought was pretty cool. Not that I’m under the illusion that the Hall of Fame is all that picky about what books they keep in there, but I still get some cheap thrills at the idea of having something with my name on it in the house.

Anyway, after posting about that the other day, I heard from Suzanne Berardi Gould, who told me she was planning to visit the Hall on an upcoming trip up to Cleveland. So I asked her to take a picture of the book on the shelf there, which she was kind enough to send along — tagged with their catalog number and in the vicinity of other tomes about Gregg Allman, Lily Allen, Bryan Adams (ha), Adele and the late great Johnny Ace. She sent that yesterday and it was an excellent little birthday present.

Yes, I truly am a dork. But you knew that.

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On to the Hall of Fame — kinda

And now, I shall demonstrate once and for all exactly how much of a dork I really am: It pleases me greatly to report that I’m in the Hall of Fame. Well…not exactly. That’s an exaggeration, obviously; but a copy of “Losering” is now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archivesright here, Call Number ML420.A333 M46 2012, along with the rest of the UT Press American Music Series. I think that’s pretty cool, even groovier than having a copy in the Library of Congress. One of these days, I’m gonna have to head on up to Cleveland and go find it in the stacks.

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