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James Wolcott

James Wolcott

In the fall of 1972, James Wolcott left Frostburg State College after his sophomore year and joined the staff of The Village Voice. He wrote for Creem and Circus in that decade and has subsequently contributed to Esquire, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He is a long-time critic for Vanity Fair, where he writes about media and pop culture.

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Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum)

Review by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 7 February 1974

Riding the crest of good-spirit ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd (Bearsville)

Review by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 7 March 1974

The Orson Welles of rock? ...

Patti Smith: Mustang Rising

Profile by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 14 April 1975

PATTI SMITH moves through a room like a shark through the lower depths. Sharp features, oilblack hair, dark intense eyes. A lithe toughness. ...

Judy Collins, Carly Simon: Carly Simon: Playing Possum (Elektra); Judy Collins: Judith (Elektra)

Review by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 5 May 1975

Carly and Judy: Slut and Sylph ...

Elliott Murphy: Lost Generation (RCA)

Review by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 16 June 1975

Elliott Murphy Mows His Lawn ...

Bob Dylan, Patti Smith: Tarantula meets Mustang: Dylan Calls on Patti Smith

Report by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 7 July 1975

A COPY OF Witt was slid across the table to Patti Smith. "Would you sign this for me, please?" "Sure," said Patti, "what's your first ...

Blondie, The Ramones, Ruby & the Rednecks, The Shirts, Talking Heads, Television, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: A Conservative Impulse in the New Rock Underground

Report by James Wolcott, The Village Voice, 18 August 1975

"No longer is the rock impulse revolutionary — i.e., the transformation of oneself and society — but conservative: to carry on the rock tradition." ...

Tom Waits: Nighthawks at the Diner (Asylum)

Review by James Wolcott, Creem, March 1976

WENT TO a press party celebrating the publication of Ed Sander's Tales of Beatnik Glory; the room was filled with old beats (Burroughs, Ginsberg), neo-Beats ...

Brian Eno: Eno: Discreet Music (Obscure); Another Green World (Island)

Review by James Wolcott, Creem, April 1976

NEARER MY ENO TO THEE ...

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