book Archive

BOOK EVENT! Thursday 4/14 @ 7pm EDT

Readers of this online mag are unlikely to have escaped the news that I have, indeed, written and published my second book. Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the rise of New Wave came out this winter, and I’m currently doing what I can to promote it. It’s a fascinating story, both as a piece

Book Event! Me! In Person, Even!

My latest book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, gets its official release this week (of course you can already order it direct from HoZac Books, from a certain mega-online retailer, and from your local independent bookstore via Indiebound). I’m celebrating the release with a book event here in Asheville,

Book Review: Brian Atkinson — True Love Cast Out All Evil

Though he left this dimension a few years ago, Roky Erickson continues to fascinate and inspire. I was fortunate enough to see him more than a decade ago onstage at the Ponderosa Stomp; my own bootleg recording of that performance is a searing document of the man’s music, presented at a time long after most

Book Review: ‘Beyond the Printed Page’ by Alan Niester

Niester has had a long career, writing for mainstream papers about music; that proud tradition is, sadly, one that no longer exists. Good luck finding a daily that covers live music. Even altweekles have scaled back their coverage; reviews of concerts are increasingly rare. But beginning in the early ‘70s, and working primarily in Canada,

Progress Report #5: Disturbing the Peace in Fall ’21

The book is complete and off to the publisher! In the end, my research for Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave encompassed 96 interviews (plus untold email exchanges), and the final manuscript clocks in at 55 chapters, plus a foreword (more news on the latter soon). Not counting the six

Book Review: The White Label Promo Preservation Society

It’s happened to me, and I’d imagine it has happened to you. You’re out in public somewhere – a bar, a food court, a record store, outside a music venue waiting for the doors to open – somewhere you’d encounter strangers. And being a not-unfriendly sort, you find yourself drawn into conversation with one of

Progress Report #4: My Book About 415 Records

It’s time for another of my occasional book updates. I’m mere days away from finishing writing my second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave. As I tackle the remaining few chapters, I’m struck (as I have been throughout the project) by the ways in which various themes come up

Book Review: Rudi Protrudi — As Times Gone

I’m on record as being an ardent Fuzztones fan. And while the band has created plenty of music to satisfy fans’ cravings for garagefuzzpunk, those similarly inclined are apt to be interested in anything in and around the band. Happily, Fuzztone Numero Uno, Rudi Proudi understands and appreciates that fat. That, or he finds that

Book Review: Rudi Protrudi — The Fuzztone

Note: While perusing the newest book by the Fuzztones’ Rudi Protrudi, I made a discovery: a review I wrote more than four years ago has somehow failed to be published here on Musoscribe. So here ’tis. Come back tomorrow to read about his newest title. Formed in 1980, the Fuzztones were on the crest of

Progress Report #3: Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave

I love my work; I really do. But even against the backdrop of the thousands of other stories with which I’ve been – and continue to be – involved, the work on my book about 415 Records stands apart. The manuscript is coming along briskly; I’ve already written more than 35,000 words, and have drafts