Paul Nelson in the year-end Rolling Stone

Anyone interested in rock criticism should pick up the 2006 year-in-review Rolling Stone and read its heartbreaking investigation into the life and tragic death of Minnesota native Paul Nelson, probably the first real popular music critic, whom City Pages paid tribute to here in July (more here and here). "The Man Who Disappeared" by Neil Strauss is a portrait of the isolation nobody should face as they get old, and the solitude that creative types invite when they care more about culture than people.


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