Hy – Notes: There Goes Gravity – A Life In Rock and Roll

Review:

Journalist Lisa Robinson’s chronicles of her time as a music journalist reads like a who’s who of popular music luminaries. In There Goes Gravity she shares anecdotes from encounters and interviews with everyone from John Lennon to Eminem to Bono. There are plenty of articles that claim to be “behind the scenes” or “fly on the wall,” but Robinson’s first hand accounts are far less staged, which speaks to, as she often references, a time when music journalism was not taken so seriously. The highlight of the book is its first two chapters when Robinson details times when she was in the touring party of The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Her stories from these experiences are equally as fascinating for their logistical hurdling as they are for the typical rock and roll shenanigans. By only including a brief prologue on how she met her music producer/radio host husband and her subsequent door into the business, it appeared Robinson was out to make this book as little about her as possible. But at times there was a bit too much in the way of personal asides and typical bitchy music critic speak which betrayed a faux humility. It got so tiresome that by the end of the book it feels like an obligatory “about me” chapter or two would’ve been better.

Rating: 4/5

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