Music Journalist Lisa Robinson Tells All

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Lisa Robinson interviews Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in Oct. 1972.

Mick Jagger and Patti Smith, David Bowie and Lou Reed, Eminem and Bono. There are countless instantly recognizable names in the rock world. And in the world of rock music criticism, Lisa Robinson's name is just as big. As a journalist with unparalleled access, she's been present at what seems like every significant milestone in pop music.

Now, Robinson, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has collected a huge swath of stories with hundreds of music figures -- some famous, some obscure -- in her new memoir, There Goes Gravity: A Life In Rock And Roll. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Robinson reflects on four decades of exploring the careers of everyone from John Lennon and Zeppelin to Joe Strummer and Freddie Mercury to Michael Jackson to Kanye and Jay Z.