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Anthony DeCurtis

Anthony DeCurtis

Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, and he also writes for The New York Times and other American publications. He has published two collections of his writing: In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work (Hal Leonard) and Rocking My Life Away (Duke University Press). He teaches in the writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Jackson Browne: For Everyman

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, August 1999

THE TITLE TRACK of Jackson Browne's second album, For Everyman, was a response to the escapist vision of Crosby, Stills and Nash's 'Wooden Ships'. As ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby Stills Nash and Young: American Dream

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, January 1989

American Dream fades out on the line "Why not keep on singing anyway?" – and that lackadaisical slogan seems to sum up the spirit in ...

Don Henley: Inside Job

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, June 2000

On his first two solo albums (I Can't Stand Still and Building the Perfect Beast), Don Henley made yearning his great theme. Something had disappeared ...

Whitney Houston: Down and Dirty

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, June 1993

YOU'RE EXPECTING her to float delicately into the room, but Whitney Houston strides in with a purposeful air. She's dressed way down in purple stretch ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Reinvents Pop

Retrospective by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, August 2009

Recorded before he turned 21, Off The Wall made him a superstar — and the most important young R&B artist in America. ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Jason and the Scorchers: Can't Be Real If It Ain't Got That Feel

Profile and Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Record, January 1984

SWEAT-SOAKED and sprawled on a couch in the dressing room of Atlanta hot-spot 688 club, Scorcher guitarist Warner Hodges pulls on a cold one and ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Flying Cowboys

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, November 1989

Flying Cowboys simultaneously bears the distinctive mark of Rickie Lee Jones's wild, unruly talent and continues the steady process by which her art is achieving ...

The Kinks: Ray Davies: Rocking My Life Away

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, March 2002

Lost Davies interview illuminates the "underrated" Kinks ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Murder Ballads: The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Bad Boy)

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, May 1997

IN A FRIGHTENING WAY, the current hip-hop scene recalls the end of Goodfellas: The major players are turning up dead, heading off to prison or ...

Prince: The Artist Formerly Known As

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Word, The, August 2004

Prince has dumped the "glyph", reverted to his real name, expunged the profanities from his set-list and now apologises for his past megalomaniac excess — ...

Lou Reed: New York

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, February 1989

NEW YORK is Lou Reed's rock & roll version of The Bonfire of the Vanities. But whereas Tom Wolfe maintains an ultimately cynical distance from ...

R.E.M.: Rock Criticism and the Rocker: A Conversation With Peter Buck

Book Excerpt by Anthony DeCurtis, Rocking My Life Away, 1998

IN SEPTEMBER 1994 R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck kindly took time off from promoting R.E.M.'s Monster to do an interview with Anthony DeCurtis, who wanted an ...

R.E.M.: An Open Party

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Record, June 1984

R.E.M.'s Hip American Dream ...

Lionel Richie: Dancing on the Ceiling

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, November 1986

Lionel Richie will never surprise you. His triumph has been his ability to turn conservative dependability into a commercial, and at times even an aesthetic, ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Undercover

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Record, 1984

VIOLENCE OF both sexual and political nature is never more than a shout away on Undercover, the Rolling Stones' first studio LP since 1981's much ...

Sting: Nothing Like The Sun

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, December 1987

Nothing Like The Sun – a powerful, often hypnotic album that blends jazz and rock styles into a thoughtful suite of twelve songs about love, ...

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Flirtations with Chaos: The Life and Work of Robert Palmer

Essay by Anthony DeCurtis, 'Blues & Chaos', 2009

NOTE: This is Anthony DeCurtis' introduction to Blues & Chaos, his 2009 anthology of Bob Palmer's work. * ...

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