Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Richie You Are A Stud Among Studs

Now it's been almost half a year since I last attended an AMG Guy presentation, so I thought I would track down Richie Unterberger's website and see what the world's greatest living '60s rock historian has been up to. Turns out I wouldn't have been able to attend any of his recent presentations anyway. Because he's been in England, promoting his new book on the Velvet Underground. Hell yes. According to his website:
White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day (now available on Jawbone Press), is by far the most comprehensive book on the Velvet Underground ever published. The 368-page volume details the group's recording sessions, record releases, concerts, press reviews, and other major events shaping their career with both thorough detail and critical insight. Drawing on about 100 interviews and exhaustive research through documents and recordings rarely or never accessed, it unearths stories that have seldom been told, and eyewitness accounts that have seldom seen print, from figures ranging from band members to managers, producers, record executives, journalists, concert promoters, and fans.
Not only do I want to see this presentation, I actually want to read this book. Honestly, if they've been taking up time he could be using to write more books like this one, maybe he should give the presentations a little break. But he seems to be balancing his various projects quite skillfully, so perhaps there is no need for concern. Unfortunately, I was not able to catch him at the Westminster Reference Library in Covent Garden, the Hornsey Library in Haringey Park, or the Leytonstone Library at 6 Church Lane, nor was I able to attend his slightly more North American presentations at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., or the Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia. Richie gets around.

Ah, but he appears to have saved the best for last, because on September 1 he will be at the Martinez Library in Martinez, California! You can also find him at the Albany Library on October 7, the San Ramon Library on October 8, the El Cerrito Library on October 22, or even (talk about boring) the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco on November 19.

Yoggoth, you are not getting out of this one.

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