If you’ve kept up with the output of music biographer Tony Fletcher over the years, that bookcase you snagged at an estate sale hates your guts. “Dude, you’re killing
me,” it wearily groans. “These heavy, cinder-block volumes about Keith Moon (Moon
), the Smiths (A Light That Never Goes Out
), R.E.M. (Perfect Circle
), and other luminaries weigh a ton
. What happened to all those nice, light Harlequin romances and old Reader’s Digest
s that sat on my shelves for the last 40 years?” Well, now your furniture has something new to moan about: Recently, the expatriate British author and Phoenicia resident (profiled in Chronogram
by Jay Blotcher nearly a year ago) revealed still another item for your belabored shelf—Boy About Town
, a memoir. And this Saturday he'll read from the new book at his adopted hometown's library.
Boy About Town chronicles Fletcher’s life from the mid 1970s through the early 1980s prior, during, and just after the crazed days of early punk. Taking its name from a song by his heroes the Jam, the fascinating book vividly—and often humorously—conjures its author’s front-line experiences as a participant in a revolutionary musical epoch, a budding music journalist and fanzine publisher, and a fumbling adolescent coming of age in Thatcher-era London.
Here’s a bit of Tony reading from the book in New York in October:
Tony Fletcher will read from and sign copies of Boy About Town at the Phoenicia Library on Saturday, November 9, at 3pm. For more information, call (845) 688-7811 or visit http://www.ijamming.net/.