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October 18, 2013

Rock journalist to read from memoir at gallery

The Orphic Gallery in Roxbury will host a reading and book signing on Saturday with Tony Fletcher, author of a memoir about life in the U.K. punk scene. 

Fletcher will read from and sign copies of "Boy About Town: A Memoir" from 4 to 6 p.m. at the gallery, which is in the Roxbury Corner Store at 53525 State Highway 30, at the corner of Main and Bridge streets.

Fletcher is the author of seven nonfiction books and one novel. According to a media release, "His biography of drummer Keith Moon has been named in many a Best Music Book list, and his biography of R.E.M., updated in 2013 as 'Perfect Circle,' has been published in over half a dozen countries." Fletcher is also the author of a biography of The Smiths, as well as "All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York, 1927-77." 

A memoir of his 1970s schooldays and his early days in the London music scene, "Boy About Town" has received positive reviews in the U.S. and in Fletcher's native England. Britain’s leading music magazine called it “An innocent’s story, engagingly told.” The website Louder Than War heralded it as “(A) gripping account of the post-punk period … one of the most essential accounts of this tumultuous yet highly productive period of British music …” Hudson Valley’s Chronogram magazine calls it "A touching personal document and a propulsive historic record of England on the edge." Fletcher's appearance at the Orphic Gallery is presented in conjunction with "Except the Dolls," an exhibit of 1970s rock photos by Allen Tannenbaum. 

Fletcher gained his entry into music journalism by founding a fanzine at his London school in 1977; by the time Jamming! ceased publication in 1986, it was selling 30,000 copies a month. Along the way he interviewed the likes of Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller and U2, as well as dozens of up-and-coming, predominantly independent post-punk acts. A contributor over the years to a multitude of magazines, newspapers, radio and television shows, Fletcher now lives with his family near Woodstock. He maintains a website, www.ijamming.net, and plays Hammond B-3 and Rickenbacker in the Catskill 45s, a group that only performs songs from 45 calendar years ago.

Opened in the summer of 2012, the Orphic Gallery exclusively exhibits art related to music. For further information on Fletcher's reading or the Orphic Gallery, contact Phillip Lenihan at 326-6045 or phil@orphicgallery.com. 

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