Depending on one’s interest, one is either amazed and entertained or bored to tears with Bill Kopp’s encyclopedic knowledge of the popular music of the last fifty years. A rock/pop music historian, he has amassed a collection of way more than 6,000+ albums, nearly half of those on vinyl.
Even when I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a Rock Journalist™. People who have seen the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity say that John Cusack’s character reminds them of me. I don’t know if that’s meant as a compliment or not.
In addition to Musoscribe (this site), Bill writes weekly (or nearly every week) for altweeklies Colorado Springs Independent and Mountain Xpress (Asheville NC). He also writes and/or has written for No Depression, Trouser Press, Ugly Things, WNC Magazine, Newcity (Chicago), City Paper (Pittsburgh), Flagpole (Athens), Creative Loafing (Atlanta), Style Weekly (Richmond VA), The Laurel of Asheville, Brooklyn Paper, Shindig! Magazine (UK), Record Collector (UK), Goldmine, San Diego Reader, 60sgaragebands.com, the long-defunct print magazine Skope (where he ran things as Editor-in-Chief for two years), Billboard, Stomp and Stammer and Jambase.org, among others. He’s also a copy editor for Spill Magazine (Toronto) and the Jazz Desk Editor at BLURT.
Bill has written liner notes for CD reissues of albums by Brotherhood (a Paul Revere and the Raiders spinoff group), heavy rock giants Iron Butterfly, progressive rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Bobby Lance, Diamond Rio, Edgar Winter, Survivor, Dan Fogelberg, and Dave Mason. He’s also authored liner note essays for four reissue albums by jazz legend Julian “Cannonball” Adderley,
Bill has interviewed and written features on hundreds of musical artists. He’s reported on the Bonnaroo, Moogfest, Hopscotch, YepRoc 15, Dig!, Ponderosa Stomp, Big Ears, Americana Music Association, Mountain Oasis and Echo Project festivals, and written about consumer products including the Microsoft Zune, Rock Band: The Game and (huff, puff…) many others.
He lives in a nearly century-old house in Asheville, NC with his wife, two cats, that mountain of vinyl, and way, way, way too many synthesizers and guitars.
And, like everyone else, he’s everywhere: