Recommended Reads: Swierczynski, Lauden, Black.

Canary by Duane Swierczynski A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist by SW Lauden Straight out of the slammer, a former musician sets out to steal a rare Beatles single. Pistol…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER S.W. Lauden

  TELEVISION  I watched a lot of TV throughout my childhood and early teen years. As I got older, I started turning my back on TV for long periods to make time for other things (music, books, concerts, writing, etc.), so I’ve missed out on a lot of big cultural moments in the last couple…

Short Story in a Song— The Kinks’ “Picture Book” by S W Lauden

After countless thousands of hours spent thinking about rock and roll, I’ve decided The Kinks are the common denominator for most of my favorite music. Something Else by The Kinks (1967) was a go-to for years, but in the past decade I’ve spent more time with their misunderstood 1968 masterpiece The Kinks Are The Village…

Short Story in a Song— The Go-Go’s “Vacation” by S W Lauden

I usually write about songs that would make a great short story, but this time I actually did it. My take on “Vacation” is included in the new anthology, MURDER-A-GO-GO’S, out this week from Down & Out Books. Having lived through the band’s meteoric rise in the 80s, I always thought of this New Wave…

Short Story in a Song— Suprgrass’ “Caught by the Fuzz” by S W Lauden

  Britpop. Bands that defined this ad hoc 90s musical genre took their inspiration from previous decades—60s pop, 70s glam and punk, 80s new wave—blending them together into a vibe-y cultural cocktail. The best songs from the era delivered melodies, hooks and plenty of snotty attitude from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Elastica, Pulp and…