It’s a pretty envy-inducing gig. Edison (pictured with The Iron Sheik, via) has written the liner notes for reissued albums by The Stooges and The Ramones; press releases for the New York Dolls; and the copy for a handful of albums by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Here’s Edison, on the art of the liner note: “I want the reader to feel like, Hey, I read these notes and there was a real payoff, they were a gas to read, it wasn’t the usual huffing and puffing, and now I understand this record better – the music, whatever historical importance it might have, how the damn thing got made. I always color outside of the lines and try to offer new insights. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to smoke a joint when I am scribbling in my notebook on the first close listen, but believe me, I have no shortage of ideas when it comes to spewing about rock’n'roll. Or jazz or classical, for that matter.”
Edison’s book is best explained through its extended subtitle: “Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.”
I challenge you, reader: Find me a writer who has more fun than this guy appears to.