Steve Crawford

The ABCs of 1979 from Tom Waits to ZZ Top

By Steve Crawford | September 17, 2023

a smart, yet quite arch, young band finding their stride

Making a List, Checking it Twice

By Steve Crawford | July 26, 2021

A forgotten oldie is like a long lost friend

On Choosing The Pictures To Illustrate Steve Crawford’s “Greatest Songs” Series

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2020

the king of cutting to the chase

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 2016, Part II

By Steve Crawford | September 30, 2017

the final entry in my fourteen month project

Music Book Of The Year: Steve Crawford’s “1000 Essential Songs From The 1970s”

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2015

He lets the songs speak for themselves by not throwing conceptual shadow on them.

Robert Christgau: In The City

By Iman Lababedi | May 20, 2015

Which leads me to Christgau the rock critic, who once wrote of Costello “all wordplay as swordplay” –a phrase I still use. As is this one, which only I own since he said it in reference to a pan of Visage (more or less –I think I was a little ambivalent) I’d written for the Voice: “They aren’t invading Poland”…. A phrase I’ve used ever since whenever somebody is over reacting. And… MICK JAGGER SHOULD WRAP UP HIS PENIS AND GO HOME.

Steve Crawford’s “1000 Essential Songs From The 1970s” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 13, 2015

Crawford’s book is not unlike the man himself, he seems unassuming but he takes you by surprise, he doesn’t shout in his writing, he lets his wide knowledge and wry humor work for him. He expects you to appreciate his writing and you? You’ll dip into it with Spotify on, and before you know it hours have passed