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Mark Rozzo

Mark Rozzo

Mark Rozzo is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. His reporting, essays, and reviews have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Oxford American, Esquire, Vogue, Architectural Digest, and Air Mail, among other publications. As a musician and songwriter, he has released albums and toured internationally with the bands Champale, Maplewood, and Bambi Kino, written music for TV and films (including Sidney Lumet’s 2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), and created soundtracks for Amazon’s comedy productions Stinker Lets Loose! (starring Jon Hamm) and Passable in Pink (starring Bob Odenkirk). His first book, Everybody Thought We Were Crazy, a cultural history of 1960s Los Angeles focused on Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward, was published in May 2022.

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The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood: According to the Rolling Stones

Book Review by Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Review of Books, 21 December 2003

ONE DAY ABOUT 40 years ago, the Rolling Stones found themselves ogling the Beatles' tour van, regally parked outside Royal Albert Hall. "It was covered ...

Chris Bell, Big Star, The dB's: Chris Bell: Waltz Across Memphis

Retrospective by Mark Rozzo, Oxford American, Summer 2003

IN MAY OF 1978, the first Big Star pilgrimage took place. Driving out from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, via Interstate 40, three guys obsessed with ...

The Beatles: Revolutionaries, Eight Days a Week: New Beatles books

Book Review by Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Review of Books, 4 December 2005

IN THE LATE summer of 1963, with Beatlemania sweeping into every corner of the British Isles, a reporter approached Paul McCartney for his thoughts on, ...

Big Star: "It Isn't Even a Record": Big Star's 'Stroke It, Noel' and Sister Lovers

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Rozzo, Oxford American, 2006

ONE CHILL November evening several years ago, I found myself camped around a driftwood fire on the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis, watching ...

The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa: Michael Walker: Laurel Canyon

Book Review by Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Review of Books, 7 May 2006

UP LAUREL CANYON Boulevard at the corner of Lookout Mountain there sits a walled-in postage stamp of lawn and trees. It's a prime slice of ...

Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come – Prophecy and the American Voice

Book Review by Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Review of Books, 3 September 2006

IN THE relatively short history of rock criticism, the 1975 appearance of Greil Marcus' first book, Mystery Train, was an explosion as unexpected and indelible ...

The Beatles: Twist and Shout

Retrospective by Mark Rozzo, The New York Times, 25 March 2011

IN APRIL OF 1961, an English art-school screw-up and musician named John Lennon stepped into a doorway in the St. Pauli neighborhood of Hamburg, Germany, ...

The Rolling Stones: Michael Lindsay-Hogg: Fortunate Son

Profile and Interview by Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, September 2011

"I'M SADDLED with a very good memory. I remember things from 50 years ago like I'm talking to you today." The director Michael Lindsay-Hogg — ...

The Beatles on the Beach

Retrospective by Mark Rozzo, The New York Times, 2 September 2011

ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1963, the Beatles played Memorial Hall in Northwich, England — the concert poster described them as "Hit recorders of 'Please, Please ...

Nik Cohn: Fever Dream

Profile and Interview by Mark Rozzo, The New York Times, 4 December 2011

BARELY A MONTH after his 22nd birthday, the British reporter, novelist and pop critic Nik Cohn hunkered down in a cottage in Connemara, on Ireland's ...

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