Tony Fletcher is the author of three music biographies and a novel. He founded the music magazine Jamming! and has contributed to Newsday, Spin, and Rolling Stone, among many other publications. He lives in Mt. Tremper, New York.
"Fletcher's commentary melds very different cultures to shows interrelationships and how new genres built upon the foundations of predecessors... Anyone interested in popular music and the rich cultural heritage of New York-indeed, of all of the U.S.-should read this book." -- Booklist "Like Alastair Cooke's America, All Hopped Up is an unapologetically opinionated overview of zeitgeists that sparked their own theme music... An indispensable reference book for college students and a survival guide for modern musicians." -- Chronogram "In All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77, Tony Fletcher has demonstrated extraordinary depth in his research and vibrancy in his writing. Not only was I fascinated by his stories of times and styles about which I knew little, but, in those areas in which I knew a lot, he has connected all the dots for me...oh, yeah, and it's a damned good read." -- Mike Stoller "Thoroughly researched, engaging, and perceptive." -- Library Journal "In his richly detailed study of fifty years of the city's most important musical history, music journalist Fletcher vividly recreates the birth and evolution of jazz, folk, pop, punk and hip-hop as the strains of these urban styles emerged from the urban cacophony of New York." -- Publishers Weekly "Fletcher tells the story well... His gift is enthusiasm." -- The New York Times Book Review