Jude Warne, Rock Biographer
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Meet Jude Warne www.judewarne.com


Here's a little background story Jude writes about herself:

"I was born and raised in Manhattan, amidst two parents who were (and still are) rock ‘n’ rollers, so I believe very strongly in the power and importance of rock ‘n’ roll. I believe in the power and importance of high-quality music and art criticism, especially that of Lester Bangs (whose writing reads and sounds like rock ‘n’ roll) and Greil Marcus (whose writing always manages to connect rock to everything else in the history of humankind, as he does in Mystery Train).

"I have written numerous reviews for The Vinyl District, Film InternationalLive for Live Music, The ObserverNo Depression, Journal of Popular Music and Society, CMUSE, Film Matters, and Senses of Cinema. I was also the music columnist at Red Paint Hill Journal from 2015 until 2017. I earned my BA (Cinema Studies '11) and MA (Humanities and Social Thought '15) from New York University.  My Master's Thesis, "Let the Broken Hearts Stand," explored and examined the disappointed American characters in Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town.  

"My original teen fiction series Crushing (six-volume episodic) was released in 2017 through Epic Press.

"My authorized biography of classic rock band America entitled America, the Band - an Authorized Biography was released in May 2020, in conjunction with the band’s 50th anniversary."

Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek arrived on 1970s American radio with a sound that echoed disenchanted hearts of young people everywhere.

The three American boys named their band after a country they’d watched and dreamt of from their London childhood Air Force base homes. What was this country? This new band? Classic and timeless, America embodied the dreams of a nation desperate to emerge from the desert and finally give their horse a name.

Celebrating the band’s fiftieth anniversary, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell share stories of growing up, growing together, and growing older. Journalist Jude Warne weaves original interviews with Beckley, Bunnell, and many others into a dynamic cultural history of America, the band, and America, the nation.

Reliving hits like “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” and of course, “A Horse with No Name” from their 19 studio albums and incomparable live recordings, this book offers readers a new appreciation of what makes some music unforgettable and timeless. As America’s music stays in rhythm with the heartbeats of its millions of fans, new fans feel the draw of a familiar emotion. They’ve felt it before in their hearts and thanks to America, they can now hear it, share it, and sing along.

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Also mentioned in this interview:

“Caught in the Spotlight: The Band’s Performance Anxiety in Stage Fright" - Chapter in Rags and Bones: a Multidisciplinary Exploration of The Band (in press)

Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music by Grell Marcus

All work is copyright by the respective performers, songwriters, and publishers. Music and short lyric quotations have been used under "Fair Use" guidelines for educational purposes, commenting, and critiques.

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