By Grover Lewis
'Grover was once, in spite of everything, the main stone impressive author that no-one ever heard of...His task used to be to hammer the detritus of fugitive cultural encounters into stylish sentences, lapidary paragraphs, and knowable fact; and, truthfully, the loveliness and lucidity of Grover's writing constantly rose to the triviality of the celebration' - Dave Hickey, from the foreword.Grover Lewis was once one of many defining voices of the hot Journalism of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. His wry, acutely saw, fluently written essays for Rolling Stone and the Village Voice set a customary for different writers of the time, together with Hunter S. Thompson, Joe Eszterhas, Timothy Ferris, Chet Flippo, and Tim Cahill, who stated of Lewis, 'He was once the easiest of us'. Pioneering the 'on situation' reportage that has turn into a fixture of positive factors approximately motion picture making and stay tune, Lewis reduce throughout the megastar hype and captured the true spirit of the counterculture, together with its artificiality and dazzling banality. Even at the present time, his articles on Woody Guthrie, the Allman Brothers, the Rolling Stones live performance at Altamont, administrators Sam Peckinpah and Sam Houston, and the filming of "The final photo express" and "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" stay a number of the best writing ever performed on renowned culture.To introduce Grover Lewis to a brand new iteration of readers and gather his most sensible paintings below one disguise, this anthology includes articles he wrote for "Rolling Stone", "Village Voice", "Playboy", "Texas Monthly", and "New West", in addition to excerpts from his unfinished novel "The Code of the West" and his incomplete memoir "Goodbye should you name That long past" and poems from the quantity "I'll Be There within the Morning If I Live".Jan Reid and W. okay. Stratton have chosen and organized the cloth round topics that preoccupied Lewis all through his lifestyles - video clips, song, and loss. The editors' biographical creation, the foreword by way of Dave Hickey, and a remembrance by way of Robert Draper talk about how Lewis' early struggles to flee his working-class, anti-intellectual Texas roots for the area of rules in books and films made him a ordinary proponent of the counterculture that he chronicled so brilliantly. in addition they pay tribute to Lewis' groundbreaking expertise as a stylist, whose distinct voice merits to be extra widely recognized by way of cutting-edge readers.
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