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Storytelling about rock pop music and culture through decades of interviews, reviews, and feature stories, shaken in a blender. Might be Steely Dan, Dylan, Springsteen, Stevie Wonder. Might be Laura Nyro, Tori Amos, the Ramones.


I'm a longtime music journalist and critic. Creem, the Village Voice, and Newsday have been main stops on the journey. I teach at St. John's University in Queens, NY, and was named to the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2020.