Last April when I returned to Utah, all-around good guy Terry Burden invited me on his nightly Park City TV show Mountain Views to talk about Paul Nelson.
On this day, which would have been Paul Nelson's 77th birthday, celebrate by reading his January 6, 1972, review of his old friend Bob Dylan's "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2." It's Paul interviewing himself, much as he did in his memoirs of working at Mercury Records, invoking "some form of sympathetic critical schizophrenia" to get to the heart of the matter.
Last April 13th the folks at one of my favorite bookstores, the King's English in Salt Lake City, were kind enough to host a reading and signing event on my behalf. Thanks to my sister-in-law Pam Avery for videotaping it and to my dear friend (and wonderful writer) Dawn Houghton for providing the best introduction a returning-home writer could hope for.
Alan Bisbort reviews Everything is an Afterthought in the current issue of Ugly Things:
Even though the book has very little to do with jazz, C. Michael Bailey writes about Everything Is an Afterthought over at All About Jazz: "Avery's account of Nelson's tenure at Rolling Stone and his correspondence with long-time publisher Jann Wenner, particularly toward the end, is revealing. Nelson's chronic deadline-missing and endless editing resulted in a bibliography much smaller than it could have been. Having said that, what Nelson wrote was excellent, considered among the best by his peers."