is the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Bessemer, Alabama (okay, his therapist proclaimed that but it fits). He writes almost daily on medium.com, focusing on music and its role in his life. In 2020-21, he did The American Crisis Playlist Series, and this year he has staked his life on nominating the “Worst” Best Album of every year, starting in 1963. He’s up to 1982 (Christian Death’s Only Theatre of Pain) and cringing at what might be next. He lives with his family (wife, Carolina Wild Dog Max, and Mr. Nibbles, the cat who refused to leave) in Greenville, SC. He has two adult daughters, and is about to be a grandfather. Currently, he’s listening to a vinyl copy of The Rolling Stones’ Out of Our Heads.
Long-Haired Disco Boys
written by Terry Barr
Long-Haired Disco Boys is about Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1970s — a time fraught with racial tension and confusing questions of identity. Author Terry Barr found the music of that era confusing, as well. Southern rock competed with Glam and Disco, and for a long-haired guy like Terry, finding his place, his sub-culture, and the accompanying music wasn’t easy.
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