There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

By Lisa Robinson
(Riverhead Hardcover, Hardcover, 9781594487149, 368pp.)

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.

Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music--including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment--and in recording studios just weeks before his murder. She introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed at a private dinner in a Manhattan restaurant, helped the Clash and Elvis Costello get their record deals, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a frightening storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys' club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the personalities and influences that have shaped the music world; she has been recognized as rock jounralism's ultimate insider.

A keenly observed and lovingly recounted look back on years spent with countless musicians backstage, after hours and on the road, There Goes Gravity documents a lifetime of riveting stories, told together here for the first time.

About the Author

Lisa Robinson is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she has produced music issues and written many major profiles over the past fourteen years. Prior to that, she was a longtime columnist for the New York Post, was syndicated by the New York Times Syndicate, and was an editor of several rock magazines. She was born in New York City, where she still resides.

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

Lisa Robinson knows how to talk � and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes. More at

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Praise For There Goes Gravity

"Sparkling with dry-yet-gossipy wit... leave[s] readers wanting more... whets the appetite for a continuation of Robinson's analyses of a business she not only witnessed, but affected." – BUST

"[A] compulsively readable spring book ... an all-access pass to rock 'n' roll history." – Departures

"Filled with candid stories about the women (and men) who make the rock world go round, by... one of the few female journalists along for the ride." – Elle, featured in the April 2014 "Must-Do Checklist"

“A lifetime of memories from classic rock’s heyday by one of the finest rock journalists of her generation….It’s a fantastic collection of stories, partially due to the fact that Robinson is a top-notch writer and partly since she enjoyed completely unfettered access and the genuine friendship of figures ranging from John Lennon to Phil Spector….The scope of Robinson’s memoir lends it an extraordinary spirit.” – Kirkus (starred)
“Fascinating…Plenty of music fans will be more than ready for this…genial and opinionated walk on the wild side.” – Booklist

"It is Robinson's voice, straightforward and intimate, that makes this work stand out from the pack....A particularly entertaining rock and roll memoir that will appeal to a wide audience." – Library Journal

"There Goes Gravity is a fast, fun read with delectable serving-sized chapters of rock & roll history... [Robinson's] stories are priceless, sharing excerpts from interviews old and new, as well as behind the scenes snapshots many people are not privy to." – Glide

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