If you're a fan of music writing—or any kind of writing, really—you should pick up John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead (Farrar, Straus And Giroux). It's a collection of reported essays he's published in GQ, Harper's, the Oxford American and other publications. It's also great. In the last two weeks, I've read new collections by music-writing Paul Nelson, Ellen Willis, and Greil Marcus. Pulphead is the only one that I stayed up at night to keep reading.
Sullivan, who writes about plenty of non-musical subjects, has such a strong voice—a compelling, lyrical blend of high cadences and low diction—that you'd likely be enthralled if he writing about paint-drying supervisors. So it's a double-treat that he trains his mind on subjects as rich as Michael Jackson, Axl Rose, and Bunny Wailer.Read More »from Talking Shop with John Jeremiah Sullivan