What I’m Up to in Early 2019
Some quick dispatches regarding what’s brewing at Musoscribe World Headquarters…
- I recently signed with a literary agent, though for now I can’t reveal any details about the project in development. Suffice to say it explores one of my long-held favorite topics, and that it will be quite unlike my first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd.
- I recently turned in stories and/or interviews on Taj Mahal, Procol Harum, Steep Canyon Rangers and Purple Image to various print publications. All will be out soon.
- My in-depth conversation with jazz legend Sonny Rollins – my second time interviewing him in fact – is in the current issue (print) of Record Collector.
- In keeping with my abiding interest in progressive and/or unclassifiable music acts from Europe (Magma) and the Far East (Yuka & Chronoship), I’m currently working on feature stories on RPWL (Germany) and Riverside (Poland).
- I don’t only write about music. In collaboration with my wife Audrey, I research and write a monthly article series for Mountain Xpress called “Top Shelf Views.” It focuses on cocktails.
- Another archival release of a Ben Folds concert will be out soon, featuring my liner notes and interview with Folds.
- Other features in the works include stories on the Yellowjackets and Humble Pie, and critical looks at albums of the past by Mary Hopkin, Split Enz, the Sex Pistols, the Grays, Gun with Adrian Gurvitz, John Coltrane and many, many more.
About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.