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Ed McCormack

Ed McCormack

Ed McCormack (1943-2021) was an original contributing editor for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine and a feature writer and columnist ("New York Confidential") for Rolling Stone during the 1960s-1980s. During this time, he also wrote extensively on art, music and popular culture for the Village Voice, Playgirl Magazine, Metropolitan Journal, The Real Paper (Boston), Fusion, Creem, and numerous other publications.

He co-published Gallery & Studio Magazine with his wife Jeannie from the 1990s till 2020, while also writing several art books and articles for other outlets, one of which was the "The Lion in Winter", an essay/interview in Willem de Kooning, 1981-1986, published by L&M arts.

He wrote the liner notes for the re-issuing of Lou Reed's 1973 live Alice Tully Hall album and (in 2014) a Vanity Fair piece about his friendship with Lou ("A Last Waltz on the Wild Side").

His latest project was his own memoir Hoodlum Heart: Confessions of a Test Dummy for the Crash and Burn Generation, centering on his personal experiences and his journalistic career during the 1960s through the 1980s, now being prepared for publication in 2023.

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Aerosmith's Wrench Rock

Report and Interview by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 26 August 1976

Music for the New Stone Age ...

Badfinger, The Band, The Nazz, Todd Rundgren, Patti Smith: Runt the Magic Rabbit: Todd Rundgren's Search for the Ultimate Riff

Special Feature by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 13 April 1972

WORD HAS filtered down to Allen Klein's New York office that George Harrison wants to get in touch with Todd Rundgren, the all-around rock and ...

Kiki Dee, Elton John, John Lennon: Elton's Tour Ends: Tears, Lennon and Whatever Gets You Through the Night

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 2 January 1975

NEW YORK — Elton John's opening words to the audience at Madison Square Garden were: "Hello, New York! Happy Thanksgiving!" ...

Rick Derringer, Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter: Behind the Scene With Steve Paul

Report and Interview by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 14 October 1971

THE BIG dusty black Cadillac limousine comes rolling around the comer at Twenty-First Street, turns into the dimly-lighted stage-set stillness of Gramercy Park East, and ...

Bob Dylan, John Prine: Troubadours: Who Was That Harp With Johnny Prine?

Report and Interview by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 12 October 1972

NEW YORK — Last night John Prine squinted out into the audience at the Bitter End and drawled, "Whar's that harmonica player?" ...

Humble Pie: Here They Are — Nasty Humble Pie

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 11 May 1972

NEW YORK — "Spittin', arse kickin' rock and rool, man," Steve Marriott is saying, fiddling with the switch of the cassette player on the dressertop. ...

Barry Manilow, Bette Midler: The Gold Lamé Dream of Bette Midler

Special Feature by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 15 February 1973

"Puh-leez, Honey" ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, Peter Tosh: Bob Marley with a Bullet

Report and Interview by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 12 August 1976

Man to man is so unjust You don't know who to trust... Who the cap fit Let them wear it — 'Who ...

New York Dolls: New York Confidential: the Mercer Arts Center

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 13 September 1973

THE MERCER Arts Center, home hatchery for New York's indigenous glitter rock scene and erstwhile social headquarters for its proletarian neodecadents, has gone the way ...

New York Dolls: Subterranean satyricon: New York City's Ultra-Living Dolls

Report and Interview by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 26 October 1972

NEW YORK — David Bowie, a brittle, powdered flake of hermaphroditic humanity, is watching the bodies writhing to the music of the New York Dolls ...

New York Dolls, Todd Rundgren: New York Confidential: the New York Dolls

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 5 July 1973

TIMES SQUARE, teeming with amazed tourists by day, becomes the city's funky armpit after midnight. So we step fast under the flaming marquees peddling fake ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: New York Confidential: Iggy Pop

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 30 August 1973

HIS PLATINUM hair was ratty; his polo shirt was wrinkled and a big plastic hairbrush-handle stuck out of the back pocket of his Midwestern Prole ...

The Ramones, Talking Heads, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: N.Y. Club's Talent Search: Anybody Listening?

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 23 October 1975

NEW YORK — The gaudy white awning of CBGB shines like a lighthouse for freaks amid the darkened, derelict-strewn doorways of the Bowery — where ...

Lou Reed: A Last Waltz on the Wild Side

Memoir by Ed McCormack, Vanity Fair, 13 January 2014

In an excerpt from his in-progress memoir, former Rolling Stone writer Ed McCormack remembers his friend Lou Reed, and the small theft and turn on ...

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Dancing Madness

Report by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 28 August 1975

In which a suburban prole decadent does battle with a hot midtown Manhattan discotheque — two out of three falls, no curfew ...

White punks on deadline

Interview by Ed McCormack, Rolling Stone, 10 March 1977

"Nobody wants to see Punk grow up" ...

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