gravOne of my favorite films of the last couple of decades is Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s homage to the glory days of rock and roll as told through the story of a young correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine. It’s a great film on its own, but it also opened up a whole world to me, that of rock and roll journalists. Sure I have read books and many articles about and by this crowd, but never placed myself in their world until that film. Ever since I have been further drawn to the memoirs of these music writers and have been struck by how they have been written exclusively by men. Until now…

Legendary music writer Lisa Robinson has stepped out with her story in There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll – her memoir of more than 40 years in the business. Any fan of rock and roll music over the past few decades, heck any fan of social histories, popular culture, or journalism will be delighted by Ms. Robinson’s candid accounting of her career as a witness to some of the greatest musicians of our time.

About There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson: “From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider’s behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll. Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music–including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment–and in recording studios just weeks before his murder. She introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed at a private dinner in a Manhattan restaurant, helped the Clash and Elvis Costello get their record deals, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a frightening storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys’ club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the personalities and influences that have shaped the music world; she has been recognized as rock journalism’s ultimate insider.”

The stories Ms. Robinson tells are so incredibly interesting, sometimes unbelievable, but you never question them as she was there and her job was to chronicle events. You are left only wishing you could have dinner with the author as even though the stories she relates in her memoir are great – you know there are even better stories she had to leave out.

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.