Dave is Thinking:

Letter to my daughter Kristen on the 21st anniversary of her death

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

I write a letter to my daughter, Kristen Carr, every year on the anniversary of her death. This is this year’s version. Dear Kristen, The other day a friend of mine told me that he had just found out that his father would die within the next few hours. We talked about it for a […]

A GOLDEN THREAD, A NEEDLE

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

  I met Pete Seeger about 40 years ago on the Clearwater, a refurbished 19th century sloop which had begun its then seemingly hopeless task of cleaning up the shores and waters of the Hudson River. Like a lot of the things that Pete got involved in, it was a hopeless task until it turned […]

Linger On

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Lou Reed ~ 1942 – 2013 I was kind of an intermittent Lou Reed fan. There were things I loved and things that scared me half to death and I couldn’t love or resist, and things that I thought were just silly, and there was Metal Machine Music, which was a hoax even if Lou […]

The Silence of a Falling Star Lights Up a Purple Sky

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

  When I first moved to Rolling Stone (from Newsday) in 1975, Chet Flippo was the NYC bureau chief–and the only other editorial person in Manhattan. Alas, this did not last long, but when we moved to 745 5th Avenue as new headquarters (the magazine then had three or maybe four floors in that beautiful […]

Cry, Cry, Cry

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Bobby “Blue” Bland and the Perfection of Southern Soul Bobby Bland was, in his prime, the most powerful blues shouter of all time, though capable as well of a caressing tenderness. “Turn On Your Lovelight” is what the rock world knows, I guess, but the man’s legacy is also in “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do,” […]

A STANDING OVATION

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Five thousand miles from home and not so fresh from a midnight discussion of drastically under appreciated soul genius — mainly Luther, Teddy and Donnie — I entered my hotel room and snapped up the iPad to check the headlines from home.  Something whispered not to forget the obits, so I checked.  And then I […]

Letter to my daughter Kristen on the 20th anniversary of her death

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

    I write a letter to my daughter, Kristen Carr, every year on the anniversary of her death to honor her brave struggle with sarcoma and the love and compassion she embodied.     Dear Kristen, The other day a friend of mine told me that he had just found out that his father […]

To Set Our Souls Free: A different view of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball

Friday, August 10th, 2012

by Dave Marsh and Danny Alexander You might wonder, for good reason, why we are writing about Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball five months after its release. Some of the reasons have been personal. But  there are better reasons why we’re speaking up now, and speaking in the way that we are. Part of it is that […]

KATHY RICH

Monday, April 16th, 2012

You probably never knew my friend Kathy Rich. You really missed something. A good way to find out what is to read Margalit Fox’s obituary for her in the April 7 New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/health/katherine-russell-rich-who-wrote-of-cancer-fight-dies-at-56.html?hpw). I’d bet all my socks that Fox knew Kathy, partly because she captures so much that’s crucial about her and […]

AUSTIN HOPES AND DREAMS

Monday, April 9th, 2012

I wrote this for Rock & Rap Confidential, the (now online) newsletter about music and politics I’ve edited with Lee Ballinger for thirty years–we started right about this time of year, too, I think. I’ve said very little at RRC in recent months, and this topic (suggested by Lee) seems a good place to get […]