Shortly after 1:20pm EDT today (Monday), editor Peter Terzian and contributors Joshua Ferris and Martha Southgate will be talking about Heavy Rotation on WNYC's Leonard Lopate show, airing in New York City on 93.9 FM and AM 820 and streamable anywhere from the show's webpage. (Free download through I-Tunes available here, at least for a while.)
In other Heavy Rotation news, Liz Brown has blogged about the book at Kill Fee, and Peter has written a guest post at Large-hearted Boy about the role music has played in helping him mourn the loss of his mother.
Update, July 13: Newsday published a full-page preview of the book on July 11, and Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review (scroll down) on July 6, writing that "these essays exhibit a perfect blend of respect and irreverence, with
an intoxicating intimacy; readers who love music will devour this
collection, and beg for a second volume."
Some photos from New York's Bryant Park today, featuring John Jeremiah Sullivan on the guitar, Nick Laudadio on the drums, James Wood on the bongos, and readings by Peter Terzian, Asali Solomon, Cliff Chase, Stacey D'Erasmo, and Joshua Ferris—all in honor of the release of the music-memoir anthology Heavy Rotation.
Some new reviews for Peter's Heavy Rotation:
- At Bookforum's website, Nicole Lanctot writes that "it is difficult to put the book down without having been moved—or without jotting down a few albums to listen to."
- And at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Jason Diamond praises Mark Greif's and Ben Kunkel's contributions, among others, and writes that "each entry is an honest embrace of a connection to music."
Heavy Rotation, an anthology of writers’ reflections on life-changing albums edited by Peter Terzian (aka my boyfriend), is getting some great reviews. The Village Voice published a full-page playlist/teaser on 15 June, in which Zach Baron confessed that it was “a relief to read music criticism that does not employ the word ‘skronk.'” On June 19, in L Magazine, Mike Conklin called Ben Kunkel’s contribution to the anthology “the definitive piece of writing about the Smiths.” And today, June 22, the website Modern Tonic asserted that Heavy Rotation “will top the ’25 Most Played’ list on the iPod of your mind.” See below for New York City events, which start with a reading at Cobble Hill’s Book Court tomorrow night.
Update, September 24: La New-Yorkaise wrote about Colm Toibin’s and Joshua Ferris’s contributions on June 23, and today the New York Times blog Paper Cuts publishes a playlist by Peter of his favorite memory-flavored songs. A few hours later: And the New York Observer takes note of the book and of the Bryant Park lunchtime reading-concert (see below for details).
Update, September 25: In The Onion‘s A.V. Club, Michaelangelo Matos writes:
John Jeremiah Sullivan’s essay on American Primitive Vol. II is tremendous: a travelogue about going to interview John Fahey—whose label, Revenant, issued the compilation—that spins out into deeper assessments about the meanings of American song. Todd Pruzan writes a beautiful account of a longstanding friendship with a New Zealand woman set to the soundtrack of the NZ film Topless Women Talk About Their Lives. Lisa Dierbeck presents a tough account of a teen life lived in the mirror image—even before the album appeared—of the tough first Pretenders album. Asali Solomon’s sharp firsthand account of racism in the Dominican Republic is set to a Gloria Estefan record. And Pankaj Mishra’s ode to ABBA’s Super Trouper is a snapshot of a rapidly modernizing India in the early ’80s, when the tape Mishra picked up at a marketplace became a totem of a new world to be—and not just inside the album’s grooves.