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Sympathy for the Devil – A Kind Word for Albert Goldman

Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages, April 2009

ALBERT HARRY GOLDMAN is inarguably the most controversial music biographer of the last generation. His biographies of first Elvis, then John Lennon, have been spit on by the best and worst critics on both sides of the Atlantic. "Bio-porn" Gore Vidal called his writing. And when Goldman veered off into wild sensationalism, as when he referred to Elvis' uncircumcised penis as a "hillbilly pecker," who could argue?

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