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Rock Writer Tony Fletcher Was Once A Boy About Town


Tony Fletcher, a writer now living in the Hudson Valley, shares an origin story with many of the British rockers he has spent a lifetime chronicling: modest beginnings on sometimes rough London streets, a single-parent home, an early obsession with records, band trivia, and ear-thumping shows.

In the end, he traded the era’s mandatory guitar for the pen, and now he has turned that pen on himself.

Fletcher, who was barely a teenager when he founded the zine that lives on on the web today, Jamming, has also written on The Smiths, Who drummer Keith Moon, R.E.M., and some fiction.

Tony Fletcher’s new memoir is Boy About Town, published by Random House.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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