As an author, journalist, essayist, rock historian, and record producer, I have written ten books on music for publishers ranging from Holt,Macmillan, and Harper Collins, to Scholastic, Schirmer, and Backbeat Books–and three novels for Houghton Mifflin. I was the founding co-Editor in chief of the magazine Guitar for the Practicing Musician, an Executive Producer of music compilations at BMG and Sony BMG, and a columnist for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Viva, Video Review, and the Gannett Westchester Newspapers (although not at the same time). My articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in Playboy, Musician, Saturday Review, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. I am a past winner of the Deems Taylor Award for journalism from ASCAP, the Dejur Award for fiction from CCNY and a grant for fiction from the state of Connecticut. For 16 years I was the editor of the annual reference book Popular Music: An Annotated Index of American Popular Songs (Gale Research Company). In the last year I have reissued two of my long out of print classics as ebooks, When the Music Mattered: Portraits from the 1960s and my third novel, It’s Only Rock and Roll, which contains several of my lyrics, turned into songs by a variety of composers.
“Pollock is perhaps the most important scholar of American pop music.” Greg Shaw, Bomp Bookshelf
“By the Time We Got Woodstock–The Great Rock Revolution of 1969 is the best primer on our culture’s history and psychology precipitating Woodstock to date and is mandatory reading for anyone wanting to rip through the hippie veils shrouding that year’s biggest musical event”–THE HUFFINGTON POST
“Panoramic and focused, scholarly yet streetwise, By the Time We Got to Woodstock succeeds on the depth of its author’s knowledge of the history of a seismic year in pop culture, and the energy of his perspective, effectively lashing the strands of this fractious era together. (The book) is its worthy, comprehensive postmortem.” (POP MATTERS)
“With wit and passion (The Rock Song Index) gives shape to the ethereal mess of pop music that’s trapped inside all our heads.” (Neal Pollack, author of Never Mind the Pollacks)
“Working Musicians is a marvelous, compulsively readable book—not only an invaluable resource (and an instant education) for any aspiring musician, but also a treasure trove of good reading and new insights and perspectives for any music lover. Few books about music come so close to the truth about how it really comes into existence.” Paul Williams founder of Crawdaddy.