The Cowsills In Books

A Spy in the House of Loud: New York Songs and Stories
by Chris Stamey
University of Texas Press April 15, 2018


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Just as Manhattan had earlier tilted us toward Hoboken, by the end of the decade, many of my friends were rolling down an incline to the West. Syd Straw, the charismatic and witty singer from the Palominos, was often out there, Matthew Sweet lived in the hills, and Benmont Tench had been in Los Angeles for over a decade. Scott Litt had married a Southerner, Anne Patteson, and they were spending most of their time there now. Former Hobokenite Karen Glauber had graduated from A&M to helm LA-based industry mainstay Hits magazine, all the while staying loyal to her original musical passions, which included later finding a place of honor in her living room for Verlaine�s anodized-pickguard Jazzmaster guitar from the Marquee Moon sessions. There was a Southern California community now swirling around Peter Holsapple, all good musicians and singers, some of whom played with him and Susan Cowsill (from the family band from the sixties whose hits included �The Rain, the Park & Other Things,� �Hair,� and �Indian Lake�) in the free-floating, harmony-heavy Continental Drifters. Others, such as committed music fans Dave Jenkins and Paul Rock, facilitated memorable shows at venues such as McCabe�s Guitar Shop.

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