Jul 22 2014

In 1981 at the age of 21, I was as uncool to the scene as I am now at 54, when my junior high friend Tom Carlson turned me on to The Replacements. We were working as night guards at The Walker Art Center heavily under the influence of the brilliant Tim Carr. Carton (as

Dec 10 2009

I don’t do this very often. But I think some of you Westernerds should head over to MN Reads to check out my review of Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked. Have you read it? Will you read it so we can discuss what it means to be a weirdo fan on the Internet? One of the

Oct 6 2009

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Let It Be and the paperback release of The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 27th at First Ave. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The event is also a benefit for the Twin Cities Music Community Trust and will

May 22 2009

I saw Arthur Phillips, author of the fan-fucking-tastic The Song is You read last night. Y’all should get the book, you’ll love it. It’s about Rock & Roll and fandom and what music means to us.

Dec 14 2008

Chris Mars will be signing his fabulous book Tolerance at Magers & Quinn (3038 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday (as in the day after tomorrow) December 16th. As I mentioned before, the book is amazing. If you don’t have any plans for Tuesday night, you should stop by and check it

Sep 28 2008

Late last night I got an e-mail from Graeme Thomson author of I Shot a Man in Reno: A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease, and General Misadventure, As Related in Popular Song. He told me about about an interview he did with Our Man Paul. Thompson has a short excerpt

Sep 12 2008

My copy of Tolerance: The Art of Chris Mars arrived (thanks to the fine folks at Lee Joseph Publicity) yesterday. Let me tell you folks, it’s a beautiful book. From page one, it’s awesome. I especially dug this disclaimer:This book was manufactured with respect for the environment, workers rights, and human rights. Let’s give it

Sep 1 2008

Okay, I don’t do this often, because it’s just not my bag. But I got a press release earlier this week that caught my eye. Mostly because it was about Chris Mars’ new art book Tolerance: The Art of Chris Mars. But more than that it’s because Mars is going to have a book signing/reception

Aug 15 2008

Hey Gang, first of all remember how I was telling you the other day to go read David Carr’s The Night of the Gun? Well, I am going to up that another notch and encourage you to go see him read if at all possible. His appearance schedule is here (VT, NH, Seattle, LA, DC,

Aug 11 2008

I like to pretend that y’all love books as much as I do and that when I suggest ‘mats-esque books you kind of dig that, even if you don’t read them. Please do not disabuse me of this delusion, okay? Anyway, I am here to tell you about David Carr’s memoir The Night of the