The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Dylan Jones, British GQ editor, turns pen on pop music

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Dylan Jones, the British GQ editor and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop.

Jones doesn’t pull punches in his thoughtful, often hilarious and sometimes biting new book, an 800-something-page survey of all things pop that he finds worthwhile – and many he doesn’t.

I enjoyed the heartfelt rumination on the meaning of Brian Wilson, one of the longer entries in The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop, a book published by Picador. So I could only laugh when, hoping for a similar treatment of one of my favorites, I turned to the Crosby, Stills and Nash entry to read the following line: “A varnished log cabin.”

So it goes in this collection, which Jones writes was a project he had long flirted with but has only now completed, against the advice of his novel-minded editor. Lucky us.

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