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Rayya Elias: The Harley Loco Book Interview

Posted by on May.15, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

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Harley Loco came out last year and is now available in paperback from Viking/Penguin.  Roundly praised for the raw, unfiltered voice of first time author Rayya Elias, Elias doesn’t just tell you about her world, she lets you inside it.  

The story of a young girl from Syria immigrating to Detroit, who taught herself about music, started doing drugs, moved to New York City in her 20’s, cut hair, did more drugs, went to prison, died three times and ultimately redeemed herself has plenty to draw in the reader. But, there is something else living in the pages  That intagible factor that makes you relate to Elias even if you’ve never come near any of her experiences.

In this interview, we talk about how writing a book with the encouragement of best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert doesn’t suck, how to survive robbing a Colombian drug lord, how she learned English from an iconic soap star and so much more.

Buy Harley Loco. Find Rayya on Twitter and Facebook. Visit her website. Get Rayya’s music on ITunes.

Interview: Chuck Eddy “Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism”

Posted by on Aug.30, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

There are probably not a lot of critics you’d want to hang with, but Chuck Eddy is a guy you’d want to hang with and have a beer with.  You’d want to try and figure out how his brain works, why he likes certain things and hear his stories.  Thousands of critics have come and gone, but after thirty years in the business, Eddy is still an important and enduring voice that music fans rely on.

“Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism” is a collection of Chuck’s best reviews, interviews, columns and essays.  Each chapter, broken into themes, has an introduction written by Chuck to help guide you into what comes next.  The book runs the gamut from metal before Metallica, to Spoonie Gee, Brad Paisley and a whole lot of stuff in between.  To quote from the forward by Chuck Klosterman, “More than any other critic, Chuck Eddy showed how the experience of listening to music was both intellectually limitless and acutely personal. There was no “correct” way to hear a song”.

In this interview we talk about how Chuck put the book together, his endless curiosity about music, Bob Seger and the importance of Detroit, the rebirth of Creem Magazine, and how radio used to make finding music so magical.

Buy Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism.  Find Chuck on Facebook.  Sorry, he’s not on Twitter right now.