Anthony Carew likes wielding hyphens and stringing irritating alliterations. He likes the rhythm words make when you type them. He likes the rhythm of the rock 'n' roll, and he likes typing words about music a lot. He started doing this as a boy of 18 and has yet to stop, which wouldn't be that bad if it didn't mean that he's spent his years avoiding real employment. Numerous publications in his home country of Australia publish his words, but that's not why Anthony does this. It's the free records.
Since 1991, when he founded his seminal death-rock band the Mountain Goats, John Darnielle has been playing an acoustic guitar and arguing with people about whether he can still call his music "death rock" when he hasn't even got a drummer. He lives in Ames, Iowa, half an hour's drive away from the Chicago Cubs' AAA team in Des Moines. When he isn't busy banging his head against a wall trying to figure out ways to get his bills paid without having to leave the house, he works at a home for abused children and spends his remaining waking hours writing about music for New Times L.A., the Philadelphia City Paper, Magnet and Spin.com. He is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, although he has recently let his dues lapse and is worried that God is going to hold that against him. His self-published 'zine, Last Plane to Jakarta, appears sporadically, perhaps once or twice a year; an essay about Thai pop music from issue #4 was listed in "Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, and More." He is persuaded that advertisement-free media will soon usher in a new age of enlightenment and stimulating intellectual discourse. His wife Lalitree is almost unbelievably attractive.
Mary Eisenhart grew up in Whittier, Calif., and in the days of her youth managed to attend all three Beatles performances in Los Angeles. Her first review of David Lindley's first solo gig appeared in BAM in the spring of 1981. She's been writing and editing stories about music and technology ever since, and for 14 years was the editor of BAM spinoff MicroTimes, California's Computer Magazine. She has written business, technology and music-oriented articles for publications including The Golden Road, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Knowledge Management and M-Business, and worked as a copy editor at SonicNet. Her interview subjects over the years have included Jerry Garcia and Neil Young, as well as assorted Silicon Valley luminaries. Two of her articles recently appeared in "The Grateful Dead Reader" from Oxford University Press.
Michael Goldberg, InsiderOne.net's founder and editor in chief, is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an "Internet visionary." In 1994 Goldberg founded (and named) the highly influential Addicted To Noise (ATN), the first music-oriented Web site with original content. At ATN, Goldberg created and oversaw the Addicted To Noise Music News of the World, a well-respected round-the-clock music news service with a global reach into over 40 million homes. Goldberg's other innovations included the world's first online album review with audio samples, as well as Cinemachine, the movie-review search engine. He was a senior vice president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. Goldberg both initiated and oversaw the yearlong investigation that resulted in SonicNet's series "Playing With Fire: The Untold Story of Woodstock 99" which was awarded a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Web reporting in 2001. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Down Beat, the New Musical Express and numerous other publications. The Bay Area native began his professional career for which he prepared by running a poster business in junior high school, promoting concerts at his high school and publishing local rock magazine Hard Road as a columnist for director Francis Ford Coppola's City of San Francisco magazine in 1975. In October 2000 he launched InsiderOne.net. He believes that music is art and that art can change the world. For more on Michael Goldberg, check out his expanded bio. Michael Goldberg can be contacted at: email@example.com
Kevin John is a lonely planet boy who recently moved deeper into the heart of darkness, from Milwaukee to South Milwaukee, an actual city south of Milwaukee's South Side. When he's not devising an escape plan to grad school, John has every intention of forming a band called the Pregnant Chads, but he's not sure he has the conviction to push all the way through with it. Current obsessions: Jiminy Glick, Jackass, M2M and Napster (if Napster were a person, he'd kiss and hug it. Shawn Fanning will have to do). Favorite movie of all time: "Some Call It Loving." Second favorite movie of all time: "The Hart of London." His writing about music and film has appeared in CMJ-New Music Monthly, Boston Phoenix, Chicago Reader, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Addicted To Noise, Joey (check out joeymag.com), In Step and a few filthy gay porno mags. You can reach him at LiLiPUT1@aol.com.
Born on Halloween, 1970, Kembrew McLeod is an assistant professor in the communication studies department at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His book, Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership and Intellectual Property Law, will be published in the spring of 2001. It examines the impact of copyright, trademark and patent law on everything from hip-hop music, folk music and celebrity fan culture to farming, genetic patenting and visual-based collage. In addition to publishing a number of chapters in edited volumes and articles in scholarly journals (Journal of Communication, Popular Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies), he has written extensively about popular music and culture in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Raygun, Addicted To Noise, MTV.com, VH1.com and SonicNet. He creates experimental audio and visual collages, and publishes a long-running zine/artist-book series titled "Freedom of Expression" (a phrase he successfully trademarked). His media pranks have been covered by CNN, the Boston Globe and the London Guardian, among others. He's no square, and he vows to put the "ass" back in "assistant professor." His Web site can be accessed at http://kembrew.com and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randy Reiss (email@example.com) is a pop-culture vulture based in San Francisco. His uncontrollable addictions to music, TV and film have led him to writing gigs at Reel.com, Listen.com, SonicNet, Addicted To Noise, MTV.Com and to a stunning array of failed or business-model-shifted dot-coms. He currently toils as the Content Production Manager for Kick.Com. Prince, Frank Sinatra and Public Enemy rock his world, but he still has a deep affection for vintage soul from the '60s and '70s, mid-to-late-'70s schlock rock and well-written country music from any era.
If he had his druthers, Philip Sherburne would relive Paul Bowles' travels through North Africa with a tape recorder, documenting the shifts in music with every revised horizon. Since that's been done, however, he opts for its latter-day virtual counterpart, scouring the desert of the contemporary culture industry for oases of neglected brilliance. Is that it? No, really he's just a fancritic who got hooked on pop too young not to suffer irreversible effects. Based in San Francisco, in between the nine-to-five life as a dot-commer and nights as a sometime DJ, he writes about music, art, fashion and theory for The Wire, XLR8R, *Surface, CMJ New Music Monthly, Alternative Press, Sonicnet.com and others. Despite a reputation as a stern experimentalist, he would like to state for the record that he really likes house music. He plans to spend 2001 catching up on the history of soul music, which he inadvertently missed in the first three decades of his life. Philip Sherburne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian-born Emme's artistic endeavors began in her earliest days when she attended life-drawing classes with Crayolas and assisted her mother in their makeshift photography lab, gently rocking trays under the glow of a single red bulb. The youngest of six creative children, Emme was destined to dwell in the visual realm, dismissing ballet classes as "too Degas." Her need to express herself artistically was only intensified by diverse educational experiences a bilingual Japanese elementary school, a private Christian girls' school, and two years at a Rudolf Steiner school. Completing college at the Sydney Institute of Technology's Design Centre, Emme has spent the remainder of her 25 years involved in various art, design and animation projects published almost exclusively on the Web. Emme still resides in Sydney. Emme can be contacted at: email@example.com
Born Nov. 29, 1976 in Portland, Ore., Jennifer Tatone has always been passionate about music, writing, and their ability to enhance life, so it was only natural that she'd pursue a career as a music critic. Her infatuation with edgy, punk rock 'n' roll began in junior high, as Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine turned her on to the darker sides of rock. Staunchly opposed to technology and world-dominating corporations during her college days, she went to work immediately after graduation for an Internet company owned by Viacom (go figure), where she discovered the reality, as contrasted to the fantasy, of reviewing music. Currently pursuing her dream as a freelancer, Jenny (who can be reached at 867-5309 OK, seriously, firstname.lastname@example.org) has recently written reviews for SonicNet and Portland's Willamette Week, as well as InsiderOne.net, and still listens to Pretty Hate Machine frequently.
Johnny Walker (Black)
Johnny Walker (Black), a.k.a. Dr. John Walker of Toronto, has been foisting his musical opinions on the world at large via the Internet since 1994, when he penned his first review for Consumable Online. He really made his mark during the next few years with his windy, often inspired (by Lester Bangs) album reviews and various other forms of commentary (often scathing) for Addicted To Noise / SonicNet. He still contends he was right about Beck. While available space for his rants has decreased as the Web becomes the more tightly-wound commercial entity it is today, Walker still does his best to inject actual content into the online rock-crit medium. For this, you should thank him. While not writing about rock, Walker also picked up a Ph.D. in English (1999); when not busy cheering on Vince Carter at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, he can be found corrupting innocent English majors at various academic institutions with the works of Henry Miller and Iceberg Slim. You can email Walker at: email@example.com.