A senior critic for Rolling Stone and a longtime contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered, ” Hermes has written about music and culture for SPIN magazine, The New York Times, the Village Voice, The Believer, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, GQ and Minneapolis’ own City Pages.
Hermes has also served as music editor for the magazine “Tracks: Music Built to Last” and co-edited the book “SPIN: Twenty Years of Alternative Music.”
In his newest work, “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York City That Changed Music Forever,” Hermes explores the vibrant music scene in the Big Apple during the mid-1970s — a great creative outpouring during some of the city’s most troubled years.
Hermes was there, venturing from his native Queens to the small dark rooms where the revolution was taking place; in “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire,” he captures the creativity, drive, and full-out lust for life of the great New York musicians of those years, who knew that the music they were making would change the world.
His book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to the arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were created, to the lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were re-imagined, to ramshackle clubs like CBGB and the Galley where rock and dance music were born.
The dramatis personæ include Patti Smith, DJ Kool Herc, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Richard Hell, Willie Colón, Bob Dylan, Laurie Anderson, The Ramones, Arthur Russell, The New York Dolls, Grandmaster Flash, Nicky Siano, Rubén Blades, Rashied Ali, Television, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, David Murray, Blondie, Lester Bowie, David Bowie, Talking Heads and many, many more.
Chuck Klosterman, author of “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” and “Fargo Rock City” — and one of America’s foremost authorities on pop culture — describes “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire” as “An almost perfect portrait of New York music culture: specific yet comprehensive, enthusiastic yet objective, and as informed as it is personal.”
Join Talk of the Stacks in welcoming esteemed writer, critic and music insider Will Hermes.
The program will be free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, call 612-543-8107 or visit www [dot] supporthclib [dot] org.
Time: Doors: 6:15 p.m.; program: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011
Place: Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401