On Tuesday, Scribner published a massive (480 page) anthology
of Little Rock native Robert Palmer's music writing that Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis assembled. That's hugely exciting news for anyone who's read "Deep Blues," Palmer's seminal work on Delta blues. It's been in print since the early '80s, but other Palmer books — on the Stones, on Leiber and Stoller, on Memphis and New Orleans music — have not lately been available. Nor has there been any previous anthology that collected his work from the New York Times (where he was the paper's first pop critic), Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy and elsewhere.
From DeCurtis' introduction, on Palmer's influence beyond the blues:
Jazz devotees discussed his writing with the greatest respect. Fans of classic rock raved about his pieces on the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Veterans of New York's punk scene expressed deep gratitude for his vital support of that music in The New York Times and elsewhere. Avant-gardists talked about his pieces on Philip Glass, LaMonte Young, and Steve Reich. His writing about the Master Musicians of Jajouka excited interest in Moroccan music, and world music in general, nearly four decades ago, long before it became fashionable.
Look for a review in the next couple of weeks.