Dolores O’Riordan had one of the most distinctive voices in rock’n’roll: an angelic brogue, like a rose and briar entwined. “I grew up with a very strong Irish accent, and I didn’t see why I should put on airs and graces for anything or anybody,” she told me when I interviewed her for Interview magazine more than two decades ago. You can see that article below; I’m working on getting the whole transcript typed up (feel free to contact me if you’re a Cranberries fan and would like to help out). You can also hear a snippet of what I told NPR’s Andrew Limbong about her.
Vivien Goldman has inspired me for decades. She is a true artist and friend. I got to write about her for NPR.
I just stumbled across this shoutout NPR critic Ann Powers gave to Queens of Noise for NYC’s Soundcheck program in her list of books about women in music. Of course, she may be biased: We did edit Rock She Wrote together.
There are two new podcasts you can add to your iTunes or streaming pleasure. One is the Bullseye With Jesse Thorn that aired on NPR stations this weekend:
The other is the debut podcast by David Kukoff, author of the new novel Children of the Canyon:
There’s a lot of amazing stuff coming out of Pussy Riot’s invasion of New York — it’s hard to know where to begin. They regret nothing and had to leave to get working on more protests in this NPR interview. They were giggly and charming with Stephen Colbert. They looked glamorous and intransigent in their crucifix smocks at the Amnesty International concert. And Masha and Nadya were just fucking right on in this New York Times interview. Meanwhile they’ve stoked the boards of protest at the Olympics already. This homage of Bob Costas saying their name, saying their name, over and over went viral.
The Runaways on NPR! John Schaefer interviewed me about Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways for the vaunted WNYC radio show Soundcheck. It airs tonight in New York on 93.9 FM. But you can stream it now here!
Home – Soundcheck.
via “Queens” on Soundcheck.
Larry Mantle will interview me about Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways live for “Air Talk” on KPCC (Los Angeles NPR, 89.3 FM) tomorrow, August 8, at 12:40 p.m. You can stream it here.