Audio/Video: Michael Goldberg Reads From ‘True Love Scars’ at LitQuake 2014

Yeah that’s me, reading at LitQuake 2014. Photo from video shot by Jackie Bryan.

What a night!

It was billed as the “Rock ‘n’ Soul Circus: A Cavalcade of Stars,” and it featured a great group of music journalists, rock critics and musicians who each read from recent books or from books that haven’t been published yet.

It was held at The Make-Out Room, an atmospheric rock club in San Francisco’s Mission District, and that club was the perfect venue.

I’d never read in a club before, and it was a thrill.

A video excerpt of me reading — the first word, “She,” is cut off (video shot by Jackie Bryan). I had to sub in audio for the last part of this clip and so the audio and video stops syncing. But you’ll get the idea. Or just list to the entire audio clip below.

Reading at a book store is great, don’t get me wrong, but a cool club is really set up to highlight the performers.

When you’re standing on that stage, the stage lights making it impossible to see the audience, a microphone in front of you, it’s hard not to feel like a rock star.

Crazy I know, but it did feel a bit like that.

A stage, stage lighting, a PA system, a near capacity crowd of over 100 people fueled by alcohol — perfect for rock ‘n’ roll stories about the guy who discovered Van Morrison, the importance of Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, the trials of making Dino Valenti’s 1968 self-titled solo album, Motley Crue’s crazy antics and more.

I read from my new novel, “True Love Scars,” and you can listen to the audio below.

I love how author Denise Sullivan, who organized the event, introduced me:

He interviewed everybody, everybody you’d want to read an interview with, he interviewed them. OK, so that’s part of his story. Another part of his story. Does anyone remember the dawn of the Internet? We didn’t have Internet and then we had the Internet? Remember that? He basically invented music journalism on the Web. OK, so that’s another distinction of our next author, whose latest book is ‘True Love Scars.’ But the reason that he lives large in my imagination, and this is true, he is the guy – he doesn’t know I’m going to say this — he snuck recording equipment past security so he could do the jailhouse interview iwht Rick James. Can I get a hand for him for that. Michael Goldberg!

Audio of my reading:

The other writers: University of San Francisco professor/ former rock critic Gina Arnold (author of the book “Exile In Guyville”), former San Francisco Chronicle pop music critic Joel Selvin (“Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues”), Kerouac/Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNally (“A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead”), musician Bruce Cockburn (“Rumours of Glory”), rock journalist and author Denise Sullivan (“Shaman’s Blues: The Art and Influences Behind Jim Morrison and the Doors”), rock historian and college teacher Richie Unterberger (“Jingle Jangle Morning: Folk-Rock in the 1960s”) and best-selling authors Keith and Kent Zimmerman (“Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire”).

Camper Van Beethoven cofounder Victor Krummenacher performed a short but tremendous two-song set. After hearing his transformation of Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home,” I immediately bought his CD with that song on it.

Some of the rock critics and music writers and musicians who read at the LitQuake event.

Thanks to Jackie Bryan for the video!!!

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Bob Dylan Plays ‘All Along The Watchtower,’ ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ & More in Seattle

Bob Dylan and play “All Along the Watchtower” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” and more this past Friday night in Seattle at the Paramount Theater.

Here’s a review of the show headlined: “The Legendary Bob Dylan Mesmerizes fans at The Paramount.”

“Long And Wasted Years”:

“Scarlet Town”:

“Spirit In The Water”:

“High Water (for Charley Patton)”:

“All Along the Watchtower” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”:

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Video: Neil Young, Nicolette Larson Sing Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’

Neil Young, 1991.

Here’s a 1991 performance by Neil Young and Nicolette Larson at the 1991 Bridge School benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.

They duet on Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”

Young plays his old pump organ.

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Watch Trailer For ‘R.E.M. By MTV’ Documentary

Here’s the trailer from the upcoming “R.E.M. By MTV” documentary that will be included in the 6-DVD REMTV set due November 24.

The documentary will also air on MTV and VH1 in November.

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Sleater-Kinney Reunite, Announce New Album, Tour

Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker

One of my favorite bands of all time, and one of the most important to emerge during the ’90s, Sleater-Kinney are back from an eight-year hiatus and will release a new album, No Cities To Love, on January 20, 2015.

During the break Corin Tucker has released to Corin Tucker Band albums and devoted time to her family. Most recently she was recording and performing as part of a supergroup with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck that they were calling super-Earth. Carrie Brownstein played in Wild Flag and co-created and co-starred in “Portlandia.” Weiss has played drums in a number of situations including Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

First song to be released is “Bury Our Friends,” with a lyric video featuring director and longtime Sleater-Kinney friend, Miranda July.

“Bury Our Friends”:

In an email to NPR, guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein wrote:

“I feel like creativity is about where you want your blood to flow. Because in order to do something meaningful and powerful there has to be life inside of it. Maybe after The Woods that blood had thinned; we felt enervated, the focus had become disparate and diffuse. We drifted apart in order to concentrate on other elements of our lives and careers. Sleater-Kinney isn’t something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly. We have to really want it. And you have to feed that hunger and have the energy to. I’m not saying we need to be in a dark place to be in Sleater-Kinney. In fact, we could be in the best places in our lives. But we have to be willing to push, because the entity that is this band will push right back.

“We had no desire to revisit sounds and styles and paths we had treaded before. But in order to move forward, Corin and I worked together in a way that was more reminiscent of earlier albums like Dig Me Out. Meaning that we would write just the two of us and then bring songs to Janet later on in the process. I think we had to go back to an earlier model of writing in order to reacquaint ourselves with the language of the band. It’s a sonic vernacular that isn’t easily translated into other contexts in which we’ve played. This was a very deliberate writing process, there were many edits and iterations of the songs. We thought a lot about melody and structure.

“I spent a lot of time writing choruses for this record. Melody is what I was most picky about. I really drove Corin crazy sometimes. We would have choruses that we would work on for hours, days, maybe on and off over a matter of weeks. And we’d think we had solved it, but then I would listen to it later on and decide to discard it, that it wasn’t good enough. I did that with my guitar parts too. In the end we were all more scrutinizing with our own parts than we ever have been. I think we didn’t want to take any second of the song for granted, everything had to have an intention and earn its place.”

No Cities To Love Track List:

1. Price Tag
2. Fangless
3. Surface Envy
4. No Cities To Love
5. A New Wave
6. No Anthems
7. Gimme Love
8. Bury Our Friends
9. Hey Darling
10. Fade

And there will be a tour:

2015 Tour Dates:

02-08-15 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
02-09-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
02-10-15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
02-12-15 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
02-13-15 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
02-14-15 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
02-15-15 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
02-17-15 Chicago, IL @ Riviera
02-22-15 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02-24-15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
02-26-15 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
02-28-15 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03-01-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
03-18-15 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
03-19-15 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
03-20-15 Paris, France @ Cigale
03-21-15 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
03-23-15 London, UK @ Roundhouse
03-24-15 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
03-25-15 Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
03-26-15 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Watch Greil Marcus Interview Percival Everett, Emmanuel Carrère & Mary Gaitskill at Festival Albertine

This evening in New York at the Albertine bookstore, Greil Marcus interviewed Percival Everett, Emmanuel Carrère & Mary Gaitskill during the concluding panel of the week-long Festival Albertine.

Currently video of some of the panels are online. Check out a few below, and you’ll find links to others here.

Authors Mary Gaitskill (Bad Behavior, Don’t Cry), Emmanuel Carrère (La Moustache, Limonov) and Percival Everett (Erasure, Assumption) discuss their shared commitment to depicting extraordinary situations in ordinary language. Moderated by Greil Marcus.

Graphic novelist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and New York Times chief film critic A.O. Scott share a wide-ranging, free-flowing discussion on creativity and criticism, censorship and audience, the tension between words and images, and much more. Moderated by Steve Wasserman, editor at large for Yale University Press

Didier Grumbach and Anne Valérie Hash, trailblazers from radically different quarters of the French fashion world, assess the state of France’s influence on fashion in an increasingly global culture. Moderated by Mary Davis, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Watch Bob Dylan Documentary, ‘Highway 61 Revisited,’ Right Now

This 1993 documentary looks at the significance of Highway 61, the road that runs south from Bob Dylan’s home
town of Hibbing, Minnesota and inspired one of his greatest albums. Produced by Arena, the acclaimed British company known for its documentaries.

You can watch the whole thing here.

It’s in four parts on YouTube but some of the audio is missing.

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four:

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Hear Previously Unreleased Sleater-Kinney Track, ‘Bury Our Friends,’ Right Now

Could this flyer mean that a new Sleater-Kinney album is on the way?

Previously unheard Sleater-Kinney song, “Bury Our Friends,” included with new box set, Start Together.

“Bury Our Friends”:

It’s rumored that there will be a new Sleater-Kinney album released January 20, 2015 called No Cities To Love, but that’s a RUMOR and nothing more at this point.

Sleater-Kinney is Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss.

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Video: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Sing Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter From The Storm’

Check out this version of Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Story,” as performed by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell on “The Late Night Show” in 2006.

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Hear Bob Dylan Sing Rare ‘Basement Tapes’ Song, ‘Dress It Up, Better Have It All’

As we get closer to the November 4 release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a previously unheard recording, “Dress It Up, Better Have It All,” has been released and you can check it out below.

The song is rockabilly raveup with Dylan sounding very loose. “One time for Bozo,” Dylan says at one point in the song as Robbie Robertson fires off a short hot solo.

[I just published my rock 'n' roll novel, True Love Scars." Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There's info about True Love Scars here.]

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