ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 I have written ten books on music for publishers ranging from Holt, Macmillan, and Harper 

The Next to Last of the Rock Journalists

The Next to Last of the Rock Journalists

2-134Collins, to 1-4Scholastic, Schirmer, and Backbeat Books–and three novels for Houghton Mifflin. I have been an ExecutivProducer of music compilations at BMG and Sony BMG, and a columnist for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Viva, Video Review, and the Gannett Westchester NewspapersMy 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). This year I am reissuing my back catalog of vintage interviews.

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51P+u2eyxUL._SS500_                    “Pollock’s writing style exhibits peerless timing; it would read well out loud.He knows the value of a single-sentence punch line paragraph.”         Bill Kopp, MUSOSCRIBE.

 

 

 

 

 

“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.      

 

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