Ian Penman is a British writer, music journalist, and critic. He began his career as a writer for the NME in 1977, later contributing to various publications including UNCUT, SIGHT & SOUND, THE WIRE, THE FACE, the GUARDIAN, the LRB, and CITY JOURNAL. His is the author of VITAL SIGNS: MUSIC, MOVIES AND OTHER MANIAS (Serpent's Tail, 1998).
`IT GETS ME HOME, THIS CURVING TRACK summons the lives and times of several extravagantly damaged musical geniuses and near-geniuses in (mainly) the brutal context of mid-century America - its racial atrocities, its venality, its murderous conformities. Ian Penman writes an exact, evocative prose as surprising as improvised jazz in its fluid progress from music criticism to social commentary to biography and back. He's found a way to be erudite without pedantry, entertaining without pandering. His ear for mesmerizing nuance is unmatched by any music critic alive.' -- Gary Indiana, author of Three MONTH FEVER