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Published on November 28th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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S.W. Lauden & Paul Myers On Their Books “Go All The Way” & “Go Further,” Future Projects, Musical Influences & More

Power Pop is a sometimes-adored, sometimes-maligned, and often-misunderstood genre of music. From its supposed heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, to its resurgence in the 1990s and 2000s, Power Pop has meant many things to many people. Within the pages of Go All The Way, top-tier writers and acclaimed writers go deep on what certain Power Pop bands and songs mean and have meant to them. This means Jeff Rougvie talking about Cheap Trick, Heather Havrilesky going long-form on Blondie, former MTV VJ Dave Holmes discussing Tommy Keene, Ozma’s Daniel Brummel explaining his appreciation for Weezer, Chris Holm covering The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman, and Kate Sullivan writing about Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra, as a few examples of topics covered.

This collection was curated by Paul Myers (who contributed a chapter about Sloan) and S.W. Lauden (who contributed a chapter about Fountains Of Wayne). Myers’ previous books include the critically-acclaimed A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio, Barenaked Ladies: Public Stunts, Private Stories and The Kids In The Hall: One Dumb Guy. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series and Tommy & Shayna; “S.W. Lauden” is the pen name of Steve Coulter, drummer for Tsar and The Brothers Steve. Given the prior work of both Myers and Lauden as authors and musicians, as paired with the excellent contributors involved with this book, you know to expect a spectacular read. And once you are done with it, it is time to read Go Further: More Literary Appreciations Of Power Pop.

On November 21, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with both S.W. Lauden and Paul Myers via Zoom, as embedded below and presented alongside the Long Beach Public Library. Beyond Go All The Way and Go Further, we also spoke about the authors’ forthcoming projects — including Lauden’s Forbidden Beat: Perspectives On Punk Drumming, which features a contribution from Matt Diehl and Myers’ authorized book about John Candy and his hosting of the Record Store Day podcast — and musical influences. More on Lauden, Myers and their books can be found here, here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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