You've no doubt heard of Lester Bangs. You've probably read a review, or book, by Greil Marcus. Among the rarefied field of readers who follow rock music criticism and journalism, however, the name of Paul Nelson is not as well known as it should be.
Kevin Avery, a Salt Lake City writer who freelanced just about everywhere in Happy Valley before moving to Brooklyn in 2005, has changed all that with two books published last year celebrating Nelson's talent.
Nelson walked away from his noted journalism career in 1982, but not before helping forge the groundwork of "New Journalism" that let writers and critics bask in first-person narrative and other radical technique. A writer for Rolling Stone, Nelson signed the New York Dolls at his Mercury Records post, then heralded a host of artists now household names, including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones.