W magazine contributor Catherine Hong has shared a fabulous preview of There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll, the April 22 memoir from trailblazing female music journalist Lisa Robinson.
When the interview subject has the kind of stories that Robinson does, the Mick Jagger lede pretty much writes itself. Not to mention the killer, second-paragraph, anecdotal follow:
In the ’70s, when Robinson proved she could tour with the hard-partying Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones and file juicy behind-the-scenes stories without pissing anybody off — or, as she contends, having to sleep with anybody — the New York native established herself as music journalism’s ultimate insider. Robinson was the cool girl who introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed and shielded Patti Smith on the side of a Central Park stage so she could pee. She helped The Clash and Elvis Costello get their first record deals (“Never got a thank-you,” she notes tartly) and even lent Jagger a pair of her best lace underwear for a show in Toronto because his pants were too sheer.
Hong met Robinson at an Upper East Side restaurant and notes that while the concerts are fewer and farther between these days for Robinson, the writer still keeps rock’n’roll hours, going to bed most nights at 5 a.m. and sleeping till noon.
[Jacket cover courtesy: River Books]