Fanatics and Collectors is available now via Few Press.
“J.P. Robinson is a special writer. Picking up on small details to make familiar stories seem brand new, and uncovering forgotten, parallel musical histories, this is a beautiful, concise work.”
Bob Stanley, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop, Saint Etienne
Featuring: the naked hippy who thought he was Jesus; the trial of Chuck Berry and the teenage Apache girl; the long history of “punk”; the record collectors of the Blitz; the forgotten song that made The Beach Boys cool again; the collector and spy who promoted the first integrated band in America; the folk music of North Korea; the Cliff Richard retirement home; the white supremacists who bombed Louis Armstrong; the boy who egged Sinatra; and other true stories.
Praise for J.P. Robinson:
- “…incredibly original, absorbing…”, Longreads
- What We’re Reading, The Guardian
- Top Weekend Read, Politico
- Editor’s Pick, Longform
- Editor’s Pick, Digg
- Most Popular, Medium