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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Friday, March 11, 2016


Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) will reach 4000 page views today.  While that's admittedly a pretty small number, it really ain't bad for a two-month-old blog that's only been promoted to my Facebook friends, and to folks who receive the weekly This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlists.

When I started this blog, I committed to making at least one blog post every day, whether newly-written nuggets or older material from my vast archive.  That minimum goal of one post a day remains the plan.  I don't have a lot of archival stuff remaining in my digital files, but I will be serializing my long history of bubblegum music (written for Goldmine, then considerably condensed for publication in the fab book Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth), probably starting next week or the week after. I've been writing some new stuff, including "Singers, Superheroes, And Songs On The Radio," my current serialized reminiscence about listening to records and reading comic books while growing up in the 1960s; that serial will continue next week, with an entry about 1968, and will take us to the '70s in subsequent installments. I also have a lot of cool old stuff in my non-digital files, much of which I'll post after I (gulp) type 'em all over again.

I've deleted two previous posts (the first two chapters of Eternity Man!, which are contained in their entirety HERE).  For now, I thank you for checking out my ramblings, and promise much more to come on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do).  If you like this stuff, spread the word, my minions!  And feel free to contact me at carlcafarelli@gmail.com  Thank you, friends!