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Sunday, July 31, 2011

ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

From Everything Is an Afterthought, after Paul Nelson resigns from Rolling Stone:
Paul was gone, his office vacated. “Somebody else had to clean it up,” [David] McGee says. “I do remember somebody in there boxing up the records.” Among what was left behind, the Deems Taylor Award presented to Paul by ASCAP in 1979 “in recognition of the excellence of his articles” published in Rolling Stone (for “Rod Stewart Under Siege” in particular). The plaque eventually found its way back to him.

Thanks to Scott Woods at for unearthing the above page from Billboard's July 28, 1979, issue. (Click on either image to view larger versions.)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Turner Classic Movies

Ask anybody in my family -- my wife Debbie, my stepdaughter Laura, or her dog Mysti the four-legged muse -- and they'll confirm that my favorite TV station by far is Turner Classic Movies. So it's a big deal for me that today Conversations with Clint showed up as one of the top news stories on TCM's Movie News page.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

History of New York

Paul Nelson is significantly mentioned in this entry of Patell and Waterman's History of New York--as are my two upcoming books. Thanks to John Mark Boling at Continuum Books for making this happen.


Monday, July 18, 2011


Last week when I posted the link to the podcast, I neglected to include the nifty Paul Nelson collage that editor Scott Woods had created. Simply click on the image below to view it in its full-sized glory.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Scott Woods, the editor at, has said some very nice things about Everything Is an Afterthought, calling it "completely amazing, one of the half dozen greatest music books I’ve ever read..." On the evening of June 22, he interviewed me and Steven Ward about Paul Nelson.

Steven is the journalist who, in 2000, tracked down Paul at Evergreen Video and interviewed him for "What Ever Happened to Rock Critic Paul Nelson?" His Q&A often served as inspiration for me while I was writing my book.

Scott has now posted our nearly 100-minute interview as a two-part podcast. Enjoy.