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The Roundtable

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.

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