Joel Selvin

Joel Selvin appears in the following:

Revisiting Rock's Darkest Day: The Hells Angels & Rolling Stones at Altamont

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What happened at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival when a member of the Hells Angels killed an audience member. 


Spring Cleaning For The Music Set; Here Comes The Night; Moon Taxi Plays Live

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In this episode: Have you ever pondered how to clean a record player? How to de-grossify your headphones? How to launder and preserve your favorite threadbare cotton t-shirt from 1984? Well, so have we... so we asked Jolie Kerr -- the author of the blog Ask A Clean Person and the book My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha -- to answer some of our most pressing music-related cleaning questions.

Then: Before he died of a heart attack at age 38, songwriter and producer Bert Berns gave us timeless R&B songs like “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart” and “I Want Candy.” He also played a key role at Atlantic Records and released early hits by Van Morrison and Neil Diamond on his own label, Bang. Now, Berns’ story is finally being told in a new book by Joel Selvin, Here Comes The Night, which takes its name from one of Berns' songs.

And: The young Nashville five-piece Moon Taxi melds progressive rock structures with jam-band-like breakouts and soaring melodies. Hear the band play songs from its 2013 record, Mountains Beaches Cities, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Bert Berns, Writer Of Massive Rock Classics, Gets His Moment In The Spotlight

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bert Berns wrote dozens of chart-placing classic songs, covered by everyone from The Beatles to Janice Joplin. But he died very young, and his story remained largely untold until Joel...

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Bert Berns: An Unsung Hero of Early Rock and R&B

Friday, April 25, 2014

A new book by longtime music critic Joel Selvin reveals a long-hidden story from the early years of rock and roll: that of Bert Berns, the man behind hits like "Brown Eyed Girl," "Und...

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Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Music critic and reporter Joel Selvin gives an account of the golden age of rhythm and blues of the early 1960s and the tragic story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, whose heart was damaged by rheumatic fever when he was young, and he wasn’t expected to live to see 21. Selvin's new book Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues is about Berns's career working alongside all the greats of the era—Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller, Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and anyone who was anyone in New York rhythm and blues.

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