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Revue de presse

“Robinson is often delightful company. She spins good yarns and drops nifty tidbits about a litany of the great and the weird… There Goes Gravity aims to entertain, but it also illuminates.”
 –NYTimes Book Review

“Ms. Robinson seemed to be everywhere in the rock world of the 1970s and ’80s, often as the only woman in a roomful of boys.”

"Lisa Robinson began reporting at a time when rock journalism 'was in its infancy and mostly populated by boys who had ambitions to become the next Norman Mailer.' Her memories of some of music's biggest legends, from Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga (whom she describes as 'a cute girl in her twenties who had really good manners'), animate this book."

“As a pioneering music journalist in the 1970s (working for Creem, Hit Parader, et al.), Robinson rarely left the house without a VIP pass dangling from her neck. She shares a lifetime’s worth of backstage escapades and intimate insights on rock royalty."
Washington Post Express

“As a journalist, it's Robinson's job to get the story without a publicist whispering in her ear or lawyers tapping her on the shoulder or anyone telling her how and what to write. And she's done it so well, that, no matter what she writes, music artists love her. After reading this wickedly hilarious, blunt memoir, you will, too.”
USA Today

“You’ll struggle to name a rock star Lisa Robinson hasn’t interviewed over the years.”
Time Out New York

“Gossipy, witty, and occasionally profound, Robinson writes about music from a very intimate perspective — whether on tour with the Rolling Stones in 1975 or eating pasta cooked by Lady Gaga in 2011, Robinson has an uncanny ability to get close to musicians.”—Boston Globe

“The excerpts from her long interviews with, say, John Lennon, are fascinating… Plenty of music fans will be more than ready for this circuitous, genial, and opinionated walk on the wild side.”

“Robinson’s a lifelong music journalist; think of her memoir as the literary equivalent of a backstage pass.” –EW

 “Tough, smart and with a knack for encountering some of music's biggest names at pivotal moments, Robinson tells the the unique story of her career.” —Rolling Stone

 “Working mostly from the countless diaries she kept during her travels, There Goes Gravity moves along at a brisk clip, a pulsating bass of Robinson’s frankness keeping time throughout.” —The Riveter

There Goes Gravity is a lot more than a rock music 'tell-all'… the author’s insight and knowledge of music elevates [the book] from your standard, run-of-the-mill, behind-the-scenes expose into a series of wonderful stories told by someone who, not only, knows of what she speaks, but loves the people, places and talent that have crossed her path for all these years…" —The Examiner

“Her excitement is palpable and will leave you wanting to put your lighter in the air.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Readers should expect several dozen amusing cameos and digressions along the way, though. The focus may be on the artists, but it is Robinson’s voice, straight­forward and intimate, that makes this work stand out from the pack. A particularly entertaining rock and roll memoir that will appeal to a wide audience. Highly recommended for music or cultural historians and fans of road diaries.” —Library Journal

“A backstage pass to the greatest circus of the 20th century.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Making a narrow history approachable and captivating to a broad audience is a tall order, but Lisa Robinson proves that she is a master of casting such spells.” —Bustle

 “If you care one whit about music and musicians, Gravity is a must-read.”

“[A]n exceptional read… Readers feel like they’re beside Robinson as she recalls each incident without sparing a detail. She creates vibrant portrayals of characteristics, interactions, reactions, settings, and sounds with her informal yet expertly arranged prose.”

“An obsessive recorder and note taker, Robinson has distilled her hundreds of hours of interviews with legend after legend into bite sized-stories, through it all successfully negotiating the balancing act between fan and journalist with a circus performer's aplomb, a trick she continues as an editor at Vanity Fair.”
—Paper Magazine

 “Robinson’s memoir—an epic account of her 40 plus years of writing about music—is an all access pass to rock and roll history, with interviews of everyone from Mick to Eminem to  Kanye” —Departures

“[A] vivid, richly detailed memoir that functions as a de facto history of rock — and of an edgier, bygone New York.”  —Jewish Daily Forward

There Goes Gravity offers a magnificent, acute account of style from '70s rock to punk to mainstream pop.”
—NYMAG, The Cut

 “A fast, fun read with delectable serving-sized chapters of rock & roll history… Lisa Robinson has raised the microphone stand so high for others to aspire to, and for the readers of music journalism today, that only makes for better, deeper interviews.” —Glide magazine

 “Much can be learned from Robinson's initiative, demeanor, and journalistic style in There Goes Gravity. Of course, juicy details about the biggest musicians of all time are interesting too.” —DCist

“Now a contributing editor atVanity Fair, music journalist Lisa Robinson has had a career worth reading about. There Goes Gravity tells the story of a girl in the boys’ club of rock and roll journalism.”  —DAME magazine

 “To say that Lisa Robinson has led an interesting life is an understatement.” —Brightest Young Things

Présentation de l'éditeur

From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.

Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music--including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment--and in recording studios just weeks before his murder. She introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed at a private dinner in a Manhattan restaurant, helped the Clash and Elvis Costello get their record deals, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a frightening storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys' club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the personalities and influences that have shaped the music world; she has been recognized as rock jounralism's ultimate insider.

A keenly observed and lovingly recounted look back on years spent with countless musicians backstage, after hours and on the road, There Goes Gravity documents a lifetime of riveting stories, told together here for the first time.

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51 internautes sur 57 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Hi, I'm Lisa and you're not. 12 août 2014
Par Edward Amos Dr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Welcome to my book, you lowlifes who do not live in the cultural mecca and oasis you commonly refer to as "New York City". Oh, and if you were not born into intelligencia left wing parents with an acute appreciation for the arts as produced by the downtrodden of the UK and NYC, well, forget my including you in the "hip" crowd of which I am a charter member. Oh, you said you were from Indiana or Kentucky or Florida? I will try to type slower for you so you can fully appreciate the ultimate grooviness of my words. Wait, I have to go now. I hear the dulcet tones of Mick, Keith, David, Lou, Ig (we call him that you know), Michael, Jimmy and my fave, Bob Plant, along with a few more of those hallowed and oh so gifted people calling me over to share some of their insights and emotional traumas. My name is Lisa and I am your guide, you oh so limited people, to the greatness of "rock journalism" as invented by me. I will leave you now so I can grok in my hallowed ground of Manhattan with the cultural gods only I can truly appreciate. But I will, so noble on my part, share some stories that fully illustrate my sitting at the right hand of the fathers almighty. Did I mention I probably was the inspiration for "stairway to heaven"? at least the first 7 minutes of that opus. I think my oh so hip hubby was the muse for the guitar solo at the end. Not sure, I will ask Jim the next time we get together.

Ok...I tricked you... I'm not Lisa...(hey, that would make a good song title for someone.....) I got my copy from the library and didn't make it all the way through. I found out I am just not worthy of completing this tome. Hopefully, I have saved one of you the time and energy of trying.

Methinks the world was a better place when we really didn't know that much about the folks that made great records. Like many, I get sucked into reading stuff about these guys and then wish I didn't bother most of the time. Rock musicians make great rock musicians. Not so hot as people for the most part, or at least that is my impression after reading Lisa's ode to herself and friends.

Ok, time for me to shove off and plan my trip to the upper West Side to try to get at least a smidgen of the cool that oozes from Lisa's skin. And look for the next stupid rock star autobiography. Any suggestions? Wait, if you are not from NYC you probably don't have the brains (like me) to discern the great from the tripe of the world. Or at least that is what goddess Lisa says. Right, Lou?
57 internautes sur 65 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm at a loss- Can I get my money back? 3 juin 2014
Par Elizabeth F. Treacy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Reading these other reviews, I wonder if I am missing something or if these people are all personally connected to Ms. Robinson in some way. I have read her articles and read the excerpt in Vanity Fair so I picked up this book thinking it would be interesting. Far from it. Her attitude on 99% of the musicians she talks about is a "blase-it's-all-so-been-done-before" bent. The only musicians she really seems to tout are Television and The New York Dolls- the ones who did not obtain mainstream success so it must be "cool" to like them. None of the stories are all that interesting and the book jumps around in a disjointed manner. It has zero flow. Parts of it are simply remarkably boring (see: Phil Spector). These reviewers who says she really has a beat on the music/musicians- where are you finding this? Lisa Robinson is clearly very impressed with Lisa Robinson- even more so than any of the superb musicians she slyly bashes throughout the book (see: her insulting comments about David Bowie's early days). Her "too cool for school" presentation was simply off-putting to me. I had to struggle to slog through it. Far more interesting is Jancee Dunn's But Enough About Me which had music, humor, history and self-awareness as opposed to Robinson's self-absorption and fall-flat attempts at humor. I would say don't waste your money on this 300+ page ego trip.
36 internautes sur 40 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Just ok for me 5 juin 2014
Par PTTP - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I love rock history so I always find something to enjoy in a book like this. My 1st alarm went off when Lisa missed Led Zeppelin's explosion onto the American rock scene via their 69-70 tour because she didn't like them - I forget the wording used but it was something akin to them being rubes. The book has an elitist viewpoint and of course, she feels the best bands were from NYC and weren't commercially successful. That may all be true and I admire her success as a woman in a man's world but it appears Lisa was someone who was in the right place at the right time -- not necessarily because she was particularly talented. Perhaps I'm being harsh and she's being humble. In any case, I'm not sure I'll finish the book because Lisa saying she didn't like Kanye West until he announced after Katrina that Bush didn't like black people turned me off -- really? She really believes that?? She was also amused when he interrupted Taylor swift's award acceptance although she does admit no one agreed with her. I agree with the reviewer who said she is too cool for school -- Lisa lives in her own little world with no idea what goes in in the real one. Sorry but I wish I hadn't spent the money.
19 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 I Shoulda Known Better 1 juillet 2014
Par Martha Rudman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
A too-long mini-Ulysses of an "I'm Really So Much More Groovy Than Even I Thought I Was" bio/autobio. As is almost always the case with any rockstar, popstar worshipper who has been blessed with a job she really likes, which is to follow them around and pretend they're all her closest confidantes, Robinson has become emboldenied over the years, particularly with the notion that she has stuff to teach the rest of us. LIke political stuff. And of course stuff about God. Kanye West is Robinson's "hero" because he idiotically blurted out on a celeb-clogged Katrina telethon that George Bush didn't care about black people. And by the way, how dare those thoughtless Gideon Bible idiots not check with HER, first, before not telling no-tell motel people to remove that annoying Book from her room. And blah, blah, blah. Maybe Robinson's beginning to feel irrelevant. She was, apparently in her frequently asserted view, a pioneer in the industry of pop culture worship, cozy-ish fake friendships with celebs and name-dropping at its finest. Problem is, and I"ve slogged through 190 pages, this book is one run-on sentence that repeats itself over and over. I'm not even sure this woman should still be writing articles. She should take a break. A really long one. As in never writing again. I'm so done with this book. I'm not going to try and sell it. I'm wavering between throwing it in the trash and tossing it into the recycling bin.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Cover to cover in 15 minutes 24 juin 2014
Par Robert M. Joseph - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I read this book standing up in a Barnes and Noble and it took me about 15 minutes. If you are somewhat informed in 20 / 21st century rock music you've heard all of this before. There's nothing new that hasn't been covered in other music biographies or even in the pages of a magazine like Rolling Stone. What you get here is a lot of name dropping and a lot of stories you've read elsewhere. For all her access to music stars we are basically left with a tome of toilet paper. Move on- Nothing to see here. Expect to see this in the bargain section of your local book shop shortly.
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