Douglas Wolk writes on pop for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and other publications. His book James Brown Live at the Apollo will be published by Continuum Books this summer.
Brian Wilson began recording his masterpiece, Smile, in 1966; the project collapsed a year later, unfinished.
About fifteen years ago, looking for something to play on my college radio station, I cued up a reel-to-reel tape I'd found in a pile by the wall--and fell in love.
Several generations of doomy, bookish youth have grown up
listening to the Cure.