Will Hermes

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes


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A New Book:
Available in paperback September 4, 2012

Love Goes to Buildings On Fire: Five Years in New York City That Changed Music Forever (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is about the creative explosions in NYC’s music scenes---punk, hip hop, disco, salsa, jazz, classical---during some of the City’s most troubled years. It begins at the Mercer Arts Center on January 1, 1973, and ends at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club on December 31, 1977. It’s an inspirational story about a city that’s changed a lot in thirty-plus years, but in some ways hasn’t changed at all.

<< Dramatis personæ: Patti Smith, DJ Kool Herc, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Richard Hell, Willie Colón, Bob Dylan, Laurie Anderson, The Ramones, Arthur Russell, The New York Dolls, Grandmaster Flash, Nicky Siano, Rubén Blades, Rashied Ali, Television, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, David Murray, Blondie, Lester Bowie, David Bowie, Talking Heads and many, many more.

Click here to check out the full wrap-around cover, drawn by
Village Voice cartoon journalist Mark Alan Stamaty.


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"An almost perfect portrait of New York music culture: specific yet comprehensive, enthusiastic yet objective, and as informed as it is personal." --Chuck Klosterman
(Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Fargo Rock City)

Will Hermes is a senior critic for Rolling Stone and a longtime contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His work turns up periodically in The New York Times; he has also written for Spin, the Village Voice, The Believer, GQ, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, City Pages (Mpls.), the Windy City Times, Details, Option, and a few other publications that he can't recall at the moment. He co-edited SPIN: 20 Years of Alternative Music (Crown/Three Rivers, 2006) with his pal Sia Michel, and his writing was included in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006 and Da Capo Best Music Writing 2007.

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