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Author, Journalist, Music Critic Talks About His Book "Backstage & Beyond" in Episode 77

Author, journalist, music critic Jim Sullivan joined us to talk about his new book "Backstage & Beyond Vol. 2: 45 Years of Classic Rock Chats & Rants. This is a follow up to his volume 1 edition. The difference between the two comes down to a split between eras. Volume 1 covers Classic Rock from the '50s and 60s. Vol 2 picks up where that one leaves off covering the '70s '80s and ’90s. Twenty-one of them are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Podcast Episode 77 can be heard here or where ever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Jim Sullivan — a 2023 inductee into the New England Music Hall of Fame — spent 26 years writing for the Boston Globe and two decades more writing for national publications. He has interviewed and reviewed countless musicians, many of them multiple times. Access to such A-list stars is hard to come by in the first place, but Sullivan got to know many of them well enough to engage on a far more intimate level than journalists usually can or do. Rather than simply collect up previously published articles as they originally appeared, Sullivan combed through his archive to find everything he wrote about each artist and worked them together into a more expansive time-passages view that chronicles their changing situations, outlooks and experiences.

Jim has a couple of book signings coming up over the next few weeks. If you would like to buy one of his books or catch him talking about his book join him at one of the following events:

Jim Sullivan's "Backstage & Beyond: 45 Years Of  Classic Rock Chats & Rants"
Jim Sullivan's "Backstage & Beyond: 45 Years Of Classic Rock Chats & Rants"

Backstage & Beyond Volume 1 includes fascinating, entertaining and occasionally hair-raising profiles of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ian Hunter & Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Nico, Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, Robert Fripp & King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Warren Zevon, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies & the Kinks, Dave Davies, Ginger Baker, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, John Fogerty, Tina Turner, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Darlene Love, Alice Cooper, Peter Wolf & the J. Geils Band, Joe Perry & Aerosmith, Lemmy & Motörhead, George Clinton, Tangerine Dream, Joan Baez, k.d lang and Roy Orbison.

Jim Sullivan's "Backstage & Beyond: 45 Years Of  Modern Rock Chats & Rants"
Jim Sullivan's "Backstage & Beyond: 45 Years Of Modern Rock Chats & Rants"

Backstage & Beyond Volume 2, his music-writing anthology, focuses on artists who came to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s: punk, new wave, post-punk and beyond. Eleven of them are already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chapters on: The Ramones, The Sex Pistols / Public Image Ltd., The Clash, Patti Smith, Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Fall, Joy Division / New Order, The Cure, Stiff Little Fingers, Gang of Four, The Pogues, The Police, The Cramps, David Byrne / Talking Heads, Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, The Cars, English Beat, Morrissey, Pixies, Mission of Burma, Feelies, Puff Daddy, Spiritualized, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Swans and U2.

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