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Robert Dean Lurie

Robert Dean Lurie

Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and is the author of No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church (Verse Chorus Press, 2009) and We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie (Liberty Island Media, 2016). His essays on arts and culture have appeared in National Review, Blurt Magazine, The American Conservative, Crux Literary Journal, Front Porch Republic, and Chronicles.

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David Bowie: Through the (Stained) Looking Glass: David Bowie & the Berlin Trilogy

Retrospective by Robert Dean Lurie, Blurt, 11 July 2018

One year ago, David Bowie passed away, much to the surprise and sorrow of the music world. To mark the anniversary of his death, we ...

Broken Bells Inside Out

Profile and Interview by Robert Dean Lurie, Blurt, August 2014

I. The Crooner: Tempe, Arizona – April 10, 2014 ...

Camper Van Beethoven: Ghost Of The Lost Coast: Camper Van Beethoven

Profile and Interview by Robert Dean Lurie, Blurt, January 2013

I'VE NEVER REALLY agreed with the famous quip (attributed to Martin Mull) that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture". Nick Tosches, Lester Bangs, ...

Leonard Cohen: Liel Leibovitz: A Broken Hallelujah – Rock 'n' Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

Book Review by Robert Dean Lurie, Front Porch Republic, 16 May 2014

LEONARD COHEN occupies an unusual position in popular music history. He is routinely neglected by those "Best of the 60's" nostalgia-fests you see on VH1, ...

Bob Dylan: Unlike a Rolling Stone

Comment by Robert Dean Lurie, American Conservative, The, 20 June 2014

Why Bob Dylan, troubadour of the revolution, turned homeward. ...

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Dodge Theatre, Phoenix

Live Review by Robert Dean Lurie, Blurt, 20 July 2010

In concert in Phoenix and previewing new material while recasting selected gems from the past, the erstwhile Led Zep frontman kills it. ...

Lou Reed: The Wild Side, Magic, and Loss

Obituary by Robert Dean Lurie, National Review, 29 October 2013

His subjects were difficult and his voice abrasive, but he never tried to be anyone other than himself. ...

Seven Simons: The Time Is Now, The Time Is Yesterday

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Dean Lurie, Blurt, 28 October 2016

Or: the unlikely return of one of the great, lost Athens, Georgia, bands. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Simon & Schuster)

Book Review by Robert Dean Lurie, National Review, 31 December 2016

SPRINGSTEEN. THE BOSS. Bruuuuuce. A lot of hyperbolic ink has been spilled over this man through the years, so I'm going to walk it back ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Who I Am – A Memoir (Harper)

Book Review by Robert Dean Lurie, National Review, 20 December 2012

THE INNER FLAP of the dust jacket says it all: "Pete Townshend has some explaining to do." ...

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Bob Stanley: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! – The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé (W.W. Norton)

Book Review by Robert Dean Lurie, American Conservative, The, 13 February 2015

I WISH I COULD say that my love of pop music began when my middle school music teacher showed me a documentary called The Compleat ...

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