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Austin music writer book signing at Front Street Books Saturday

July 27th, 2017 under Arts
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ALPINE — Music writer Michael Corcoran will be in town during the Viva Big Bend festival this weekend. A signing for his latest book, ‘All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music,’ is at Front Street Books in Alpine at 3pm Saturday, July 29.

‘All Over the Map’ tells the story of Texas music and profiles 42 artists, from Texas and beyond, including Janis Jopin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena, and many more.

Corcoran spent 16 years with the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, before leaving in 2011 to pursue passion projects. Since then he’s written two book/CDs on 1920s gospel pioneers, Grammy-nominated “He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes” for Tompkins Square and 2016s “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams” for Dust-to-Digital.

Before the Statesman, he was the country music critic for the Dallas Morning News (1992-1995).

Corcoran grew up in a military family. His father retired in Honolulu, where Corcoran lived from ages 14-28. Corcoran’s first gig as a music critic was in 1975 for Sunbums magazine when he was 19. Corcoran’s first fulltime job as a writer was 1992 with the Dallas Morning News. He wrote for Spin magazine before Dallas and was the de facto pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1990, 1991.

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