Kevin Avery, Everything is an Afterthought: The Life & Writings of Paul Nelson, with Dave Marsh

Wednesday November 9: 7:00PM 8:00PM

What happened to Paul Nelson? In the '60s, he pioneered rock & roll criticism with a first-person style of writing that would later be popularized by the likes of Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer as "New Journalism." During a five-year detour at Mercury Records in the early 1970s, Nelson signed the New York Dolls to their first recording contract, then settled back down to writing criticism at Rolling Stone. Famously championing the early careers of artists like Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Rod Stewart, Neil Young and Warren Zevon, Nelson not only wrote about them but often befriended them.

But in 1982, he walked away from it all and, by the time he died at age seventy in 2006 - a week passing before anybody discovered his body - almost everything he had written had been relegated to back issues of old music magazines.

With Paul Nelson's posthumous blessing, Kevin Avery spent four years researching and writing Everything is an Afterthought, a unique anthology-biography compiling Nelson's best works while also providing a vivid account of his private and public life.

Kevin Avery has published over 300 articles and short stories. He is also the author of Conversations with Clint 1979-1983: Paul Nelson's Lost Interviews with Clint Eastwood.

Dave Marsh, a rock critic, historian, anti-censorship activist, talk show host and "Louie Louie" expert who has written more than 20 book about rock and popular music, will join Kevin on the Strand Stage.

You may purchase a $10 Strand Gift Card or copy of the book in store at the registers, or at the time of the event in the Rare Book Room. Both options admit two people. Please note that online event orders are not available on the day of the event; although seats are still available.

The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Books and Gift Cards will only be available for pick-up at the event.
Additional copies of the book (and previous books by the author, when applicable) will be available for purchase at the event.

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