Rock Critic Requiem

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When the music writer Paul Nelson died in 2006, few people remembered who he was: one of the first to champion a young Bob Dylan, an influential contributor to magazines like Rolling Stone and Sing Out! -- and the guy who dared to sign the New York Dolls to a contract. Now, Nelson is inspiring other scribes. Author Jonathan Lethem has created a fictionalized Paul Nelson character in his new book Chronic City. And writer Kevin Avery has gone a step further, writing an actual biography. They both join us to share the legend and tragedy of Paul Nelson.