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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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Last year, Cotton Mather put out a new album called Death Of The Cool. This year, Cotton Mather has already put out another new album, Wild Kingdom. Going back a bit, Cotton Mather released a short string of brilliant stuff from 1994 to 2001 or so. We've been playing Cotton Mather on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio for almost as long as there's been This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, ever since our fourth show on January 17th, 1999. Hmm. Seems like it's high time that Cotton Mather was our Featured Act awready. Tonight, we'll mix in a bunch of great Cotton Mather tunes alongside our usual beguiling mix of The Spinners and Iggy & the Stooges, and we'll even throw in a '60s classic by The Kinks (a Kinks songs that I don't think we've ever played before). And a lot of Cotton Mather. Payday! The cool rises from the dead on our before and after, Sunday night 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org