"He Didn't Know a Damn Thing About Culture"
In our latest episode, our co-host Matthew talks with one of America’s first rock music journalists, Richard Goldstein.
A queer media icon for decades, Richard’s column Pop Eye, the first regular column on rock 'n' roll to appear in an established cultural publication, premiered in the Village Voice in June of 1966. Since then, his writing has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The Saturday Evening Post, Mademoiselle, the New York Times (for which he famously gave The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a bad review), and his 1969 interview with The Doors, for WNET, is considered canon.
He stayed at the Voice for decades, eventually becoming its Executive Editor, where he mentored many young writers, the last of whom was Matthew.
Richard talks with Matthew about his late father, Jacob, and what it was like to grow up in the Bronx in the 50s and 60s. They discuss their own mentor and mentee relationship, how he approaches being a stepfather, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his husband Tony’s children and their children, and what he really thinks of his contemporary, Joan Didion.