When the music writer Paul Nelson
died in 2006, few people remembered who he was: one of the first to champion a young Bob Dylan, an influential contributor to magazines like Rolling Stone
and Sing Out!
-- and the guy who dared to sign the New York Dolls to a contract. Now, Nelson is inspiring other scribes. Author Jonathan Lethem
has created a fictionalized Paul Nelson character in his new book Chronic City
. And writer Kevin Avery
has gone a step further, writing an actual biography. They both join us to share the legend and tragedy of Paul Nelson.