THE new issue of MOJO magazine has a cover story on the 25th anniversary of the Smiths’ The Queen is Dead LP, an article on the 20th of Primal Scream’s influential Screamadelica record, and another on a reunion tour by Mick Jones’ Big Audio Dynamite.
It’s a great issue, of course, of our favorite music magazine. But it also feels like the Gen X teenage years have now been fully commodified and sold back to us.
Perhaps the most rabid and persuasive generational warrior I know is SoCal-reared journalist Jeff Gordiner, who I’ve interviewed on subjects ranging from contemporary poetry to the Pavement reunion to the novels of Bret Eason Ellis.
Gordinier’s book X Saves the World is well worth a look: HERE is my interview with Gordinier, who has recently stormed the New York Times Dining section with a batch of witty, intelligent stories including a memorable piece on veggie burgers.
Here’s how my story begins: