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Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan

As a high school baseball player growing up in Maine, I used to pump myself up for games by playing Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power. The ultimate adrenaline rush. My friends and team mates didn't quite get it – they liked Chicago (the band). But that was OK: the punk rock revolution was around the corner, and that's where my musical taste locked in with many others, bored with corporate rock. (Irony coroporate rock then was as domiant and dull as the mainstream pop/rap/R&B/Nickelback that dominatestoday.) That perod was a time of extreme excitement (friction, joy, conflict) that helped inspire me to write about what I loved. And, it opened the doors to even more worlds. Hence, in a sense, this column.

After graduating from the University of Maine, I moved to Boston in 1978. I started writing freelance music reviews and features for the Boston Globe the following year and went to Boston University, earning an M.S. in Journalism. I also wrote for various national music publications – most now defunct (The Record, Creem, Music-Sound Output, etc.) – broadened my taste and sharpened my critical faculties. I found Boston most fascinating, the local rock scene and the many national and international bands that came in. Maybe it wasn't New York or L.A., but most anything that hit those cities hit ours, too, and the diversity of the arts scene in general was most impressive.

I joined the Globe staff in 1988, writing for virtually every section of the paper, but specializing in pop music and culture. I wrote "Names & Faces" in 2000-1, did a stint at Calendar, and then wrote many of the "Daily GO!" columns in 2004-5, again finding out more and more about the Boston arts world and what it had to offer. I left in the summer of 2005.

Since, among things, I've freelanced for the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald, Boston Common, the Christian Science Monitorwww.halloffamemagzine.com, www.yankeemagazine.com (Yankee magazine on line), the Cape Cod Times, and Playgirl (Yes, a ribald ride with Amanda Palmer!). I write a yearly profile for Where magazine's Guest Book, and do this column, www.JimSullivanInk.com. It's an expansion, in some ways, of what I did at the Globe with "GO!" but a little more, uh, free-form. The aim: to steer you toward the best of what Boston has to offer in a variety of arts and entertainment areas – and to provide you with a good, snappy read.

List of articles in the library by artist

ABBA: Mamma Mia! ABBA's Music Is Bjorn Again

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, August 2001

ABBA: the band whose biographical entry begins every pop music encyclopedia; the Swedish quartet composed of two couples — Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and ...

David Bowie Lands In The Jungle

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, November 2013

N.B. This interview is taken from a story originally printed in the Boston Globe on 9 February 1997 ...

Brian Eno Before And After Pop

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, July 1997

BRIAN ENO has a theory. Actually, Eno has lots of theories — the 48-year-old, English-born musician probably leads the rock 'n' roll league in this ...

Bryan Ferry: Tangled Up In Bob

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Phoenix, June 2007

"DYLANESQUE" isn't what comes to mind when you think of the suave, new-romantic, once-and-future frontman of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry. But time and again throughout ...

The Buzzcocks: Ageless Punk Rockers And The AARP

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Christian Science Monitor, Fall 2007

I WAS WORKING in the home office the other day, and all of a sudden I heard the bright melody and chorus of a favorite ...

Captain Sensible, The Damned: The Damned's Captain Sensible

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Phoenix, March 2009

THE Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Jam — they get punk rock respect more than three decades down the pike, but their contemporaries the Damned ...

Elvis Costello: This Year's Elvis Costello

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, January 2014

IT WAS 1983. Six years Elvis Costello had been in the public eye — but it had also been six years of antipathy toward the ...

Devo: We Are Devo

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Phoenix, June 2008

The return of Akron's finest... ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: Reckless Idol Through The Lens Darkly

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, September 1996

GAY HEAD — It's nearing summer's end on Martha's Vineyard, and Evan Dando, the 29-year-old guiding voice and vision of the Lemonheads, is chilling on ...

The Fall: The Crankiest Band From The UK

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, August 1993

MARK E. SMITH, leader of the long-running English post-punk band The Fall, says these sorts of things invariably happen to him. ...

GWAR Spreads Blood-And-Guts Satire Around

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, March 2014

DAVE BROCKIE — the world knew him as Oderus Urungus — died at 50. (No cause of death given yet.) ...

Richard Hell: Go Now

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, July 1996

RICHARD HELL had an idea earlier this year. ...

Iggy Pop: What's It Like To Be Iggy Pop?

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, 2010

NB This article contains material taken from a story originally printed in The Boston Globe on July 8, 1990 ...

Leonard Cohen

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, July 1993

LEONARD COHEN does not mind taking extreme positions in his songs. In 1966, he kissed off the memory of a tryst with Janis Joplin in ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: A Ride In A Limo With The Killer

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, September 2013

N.B. This interview is taken from a 1985 story originally printed in the Boston Globe and later syndicated in other US papers, as well as ...

Morrissey

Review and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, December 2013

N.B. This article combines a live review written in 2009 for the Boston Herald and an interview conducted in 1995 for the Boston Globe. ...

New Order: Peter Hook & The Light Bring New Order to Life. His Way.

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, September 2013

"TO BE in one band that changed the world musically is pretty good; but to be in two bands that changed the world musically, that's ...

Roy Orbison: King of Hearts: Roy Orbison Revisited after 25 Years

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

ROY ORBISON played what turned out to be his last concert, December 4, 1988 at the Front Row Theatre in Highland Heights, not far from ...

Lou Reed: On The Wild Side

Retrospective by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, October 2013

I WAS TALKING with Lou Reed in his New York office, Sister Ray Enterprises, in 1996 and Reed was dressed, as usual, in a plain ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind Their Principles, Here's The Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, August 1996

FAIRFAX, Va. — Johnny Rotten is up to his old tricks. He's baiting the crowd — calling those seated in the loge "sissies" — and ...

Nancy Sinatra: Walkin' Again

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, May 1995

IF YOU KNOW one thing about Nancy Sinatra, it's her signature song — and may we suggest it's one of The Signature Songs of All ...

Spinal Tap Redux

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, December 2013

I LISTENED to some of it in my youth, but spent most of my post-teenage years trying to avoid this crap: pandering, patronizing, mono-dimensional, unimaginative ...

Tina Turner

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, January 2014

"BABY, baby, baby you're out of time," sang Tina Turner near the end of a show in Boston back in 1981. ...

Neil Young

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, September 1984

IN 1970, Neil Young went to Nashville during a break in his solo tour and recorded the song 'Are You Ready For The Country?'. He ...

Warren Zevon: Keep Him In Your Heart For a While: Remembering Warren Zevon

Retrospective by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, September 2013

IT WAS THE FALL of 1989 and I was having lunch with Warren Zevon at Musso & Frank's, the famous Old Hollywood restaurant where he ...

Warren Zevon Flinches at Life Without Humor

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, 1993

LAST SUMMER, as he was in the early stages of playing concerts being taped for a live album, Warren Zevon decided the album would be ...

List of genre pieces

The Needle And The Damage Done

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, August 1996

"I've seen the needle and the damage done / A little part of it in everyone / But every junkie's like a setting sun" — ...

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