Issue 08: Music & Transformation

Ian King, guest editor

Writing about music is not, as the overused quote of undetermined origin goes, like “dancing about architecture.” It is, however, like writing about a different kind of language. This language exists parallel to, but just outside of, whatever other language(s) you speak, and can shape your identity just as much if you let it. In Issue 08 five writers explore different ways in which music and the things we build around it can inform and transform us.

 Table of Contents

"Etude #31" (excerpt, A Reading from the Book of Kelst), by Tobias Carroll

On Soft Rock, by Rob Roensch

At the Gates of Hell: Montreal, April 3, 2009, by J.B. Staniforth

A Slow Train Bound for Glory, by Scott D. Elingburg

Hard Tyme: A Hair Metal Haiku Story, by Ian King


Ian King

Ian King is the author of Appetite for Definition: An A-Z Guide to Rock Genres (HarperCollins, 2018) and a contributing music writer for Stereogum, Under the Radar and other places. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. 

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