Earlier this week, rock journalist David Browne scored a deal with Da Capo press for 2011–a book entitled, Fire and Rain: How Rock & Roll and America Changed in 1970. As GalleyCat headed out for the Thanksgiving holiday, we caught up with Browne to find out more about his brand new book.
Da Capo also published Browne’s recent rock tome, Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth. A prolific music journalist, Browne also wrote the biography, Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley.
This Rolling Stone contributing editor explained how the deal came together: “My agent Erin Hosier went for it right away, and Ben Schafer, my editor at Da Capo, which did a very nice job with Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth, wanted to work with me again, so it all came together pretty fast.”
Browne explained why the 1970s might speak to contemporary readers: “The parallels between then and now are uncanny: OPEC was essentially created in 1970, the Weather Underground had its ‘greatest hits’ (so to speak) that year, and thanks to an unpopular war, the country was heading into a recession. One of the things we can learn is that tumultuous times really do make for great art, and we can also learn that for every ending is a new beginning (Think of all the great work Paul Simon, Neil Young, John Lennon and others did after this period). Crashes can be as good for art as for rebuilding an economy.”