Here’s just one example why The Writer’s Block, a new weekly one-hour show that debuted Thursday night on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum, is such a treat.
Host David Fricke, a senior contributor at Rolling Stone with decades of celebrated music journalism experience, introduced one of his song selections as follows:
“I’m originally from Philadelphia. I’ve lived in New York since 1978. I was down in Philly, I started writing for an underground paper there called The Drummer. I worked as a PR guy at the Main Point, a club where I got to see Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Allen Ginsberg, The Pretty Things the night Jimmy Page came and played with them. I’ve got a whole history there that’s pretty amazing.”
“I worked as an usher at The Tower Theater. Worked for a concert promoter, Midnight Sun, in Philly and eventually got myself up to New York, where I started all over again… This next track is from one of the first records I ever reviewed where I actually got paid. I got five bucks, but five bucks in 1973 was a lot of bread. This… is the New York Dolls.”
Needless to say, after that intro, listening to “Personality Crisis” was doubly nostalgic. Fricke, who was laid off this summer from his full-time position at Rolling Stone, has hosted a number of Town Halls for SiriusXM with iconic figures such as Buddy Guy and Keith Richards. Now comes The Writer’s Block, a show about music both new and old, airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET and repeating Saturdays at 4 p.m. ET.
Fricke ended last night’s “maiden voyage” with Moby Grape’s “Omaha.” He explained that while his answer to perennial questions about his favorite band, record or song fluctuate daily, that composition will always hold a place in his personal Top Ten. Good stuff.
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