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Elaine Cusack

Elaine Cusack

Elaine was sixteen when her first book of poetry, Bed and Breakfast with Lydia Lunch was published. Her poems have won numerous awards and appeared in various collections as well as on national TV and radio.

In the 1990s she was both a staff and freelance music writer for Rock CD, The Guitar Magazine, Mojo, Select, Volume and The Times. During this time she fell, like Alice, into the weird wonderland of antiquarian bookselling. In 1998 Elaine set up her own online book business Cusack Books, specialising in out of print TV, film and rock music-related titles. The start of the 21stcentury saw her diving into a range of community radio and oral history projects in London and Cambridge but the south was losing its appeal. Elaine moved back to Tyneside in 2009 and settled in wonderful Whitley Bay.

She spends her time writing and performing poetry plus reading, buying and selling second hand books. She blogs at and reads her work on 


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Kristin Hersh: Lipstick, Powder and Saint

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Guitar, January 1994

"Oh I look just like a sad old hooker!" wails Kristin Hersh as a false eyelash falls from her heavily made-up face and just misses ...

Pavement: Crooked Rain

Review by Elaine Cusack, Select, March 1994

NOW BEFORE YOU START, just prepare to swallow your words if you've only ever seen Pavement as a band with a Fall fixation and a ...

Pavement: Stephen Malkmus of Pavement

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Select, April 1994

AS AN AMERICAN, what do you think of the sex scandals that are sweeping British politics? Does it matter If an MP gets his rocks ...


Interview by Elaine Cusack, Guitar, February 1995

JUST WHO do Gene think they are? Appearing out of nowhere last spring, the London-based quartet produced three highly contagious singles, had journalists fawning all ...

Vic Chesnutt (1995)

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 1995

Chesnutt talks about Athens, Georgia; alcohol; his Is The Actor Happy album; the poetry of Stevie Smith and the writing of Flannery O'Connor, and his upcoming film debut in Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade.

File format: mp3; file size: 55.5mb, interview length: 1h 00' 36" sound quality: ****


Interview by Elaine Cusack, Volume, Summer 1995

ECHOBELLY ARE a busy band. A very busy band. Their tight schedule of foreign tours, press trips and record releases is set to lengthen and, ...

Glen Campbell, Cliff Richard: Sir Cliff and Glen Campbell live in Newcastle

Live Review by Elaine Cusack, Rock's Backpages, 30 October 2011

IF SOMEONE HAD told the 15-year-old Elaine that one weekend in the future she'd see both Cliff Richard and Glen Campbell in concert, she'd have ...

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