Brian J. Bowe

Holland, MI USA

Professional Experience

Award winning journalist kicking out the jams in academia for the moment (with a healthy dose of freelance work on the side). My speciality is rock 'n' roll journalism, but I've covered everything -- city hall, police, entertainment, business and transportation. I've interviewed dark horse presidential candidates, community activists, retired revolutionaries, D-Day veterans and rock stars. I've analyzed campaign finance data for election stories and used the Freedom of Information Act to pry open government documents.


Content Editor (online)
6 Years
11 Years
11 Years


Arts & Humanities
11 Years
11 Years
11 Years


Academia Administration
6 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
11 Years
Online/new media
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

11 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Metro Times (10+), Grand Rapids Press (10+)

Other Work History

Grand Valley State University, Communications Specialist/Web editor; CREEM Magazine, Editor

Computer Skills

Proficient in Mac OS X, Word, Excel, NewsEdit Pro IQue, some experience with Dreamweaver, Quark, Photoshop


Hard News

Holland city voters rejected a proposed ordinance to require Internet filters on Herrick District Library computers.

Kick Out The Jams

Book review of new Iggy Pop biography by Paul Trynka
Review of book about Johnny Cash's seminal album
Book review
Book review of anthology edited by Hank Bordowitz
Review of book chronicling Bob Dylan's chaotic 1975 tour
Review of "The Weirdness" by The Stooges
A religious experience under the palms
Review of book about The Beatles and the “Paul-Is-Dead” Hoax
Book review
Iggy biographer Paul Trynka on the Pop-ster's "good genes."
Record review
Interview with counterculture legend John Sinclair
Interview with the reunited Sebadoh
Concert of Colors sports a killer mash-up of styles and sounds, but, as some heavy-hitters tell us, there is a greater purpose.
Documenting Detroit’s not-so-ephemeral sonic grind
Wayne Kramer talks Bush, drugs, sobriety, the Iraq war, MC5 lawsuits and the Dixie Chicks
Surrealist political funk rockers Was (Not Was) re-form just in time for the apocalypse.
With a sizzling new disc on a high-profile label, the Howling Diablos are no longer the Rodney Dangerfields of Detroit.
Satan is real, but Kid Rock's country credentials aren't.
Pondering the band's sociapolitical importance while eating a rusty can of corn (Reprint of Bowe's liner notes from the reissue of the band's debut album)
Interview with Bad Seed numero uno
Wayne's all growed-up record reviewed
Interview with Bill Kirchen, the king of dieselbilly twang
Hearing damage with reunited legendary psychedelic noise punks
With new book collecting his Minutemen lyrics, Watt speaks his mind
Barlow and Loewenstein return from extended nap for more downmind folk-punk! (Note: This is the interview in which Bowe breaks the news of the possible upcoming Dinosaur Jr. reunion which happened a year later)
Surviving members reunited -- and it feels sooooo good!
Partly cloudy with a 100 percent chance of evil
His cosmic wheels are still turning....
Jason Stollsteimer takes a Jack White-administered licking and keeps on ticking
A former Rhythm Pig talks music, life, and that damn atachafalaya.
The documentary "A True Testimonial" debuted in Chicago with great fanfare (little did we know how wrong things would turn shortly thereafter)
But after a while will they burn out like the rest?
This message brought to you by Levi's and Boy Howdy beer!
The originator of a million stolen licks speaks out
An account of the infamous reunion gig from the surviving members.

Hail to Thee, Grand Valley

Service in the Peace Corps proves challenging, rewarding path for alumni
Alumnus is back on the air in Grand Rapids
Taking a look under Grand Valley's hood: a tour of the Central Utilities Building.
Longtime dean will step into new appointment with math and philosophy
Trumpet professor builds program to a national level
A chat with the executive director of Grand Valley's Homeland Defense Initiative
Classes help prisoners find avenues to contribute to society
Grand Valley buildings aim to be more eco-friendly
Padnos College of Engineering professor Shirley Fleischmann helps her students give back to the community