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Mikal Gilmore (born in Portland, Oregon on February 9, 1951) is an American writer and music journalist.
In the 1970s Gilmore began writing music articles and criticism for Rolling Stone magazine. In 1999, his Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock and Roll was published by Anchor. In July 2009, he released another book, Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and its Discontents. It was published by Free Press.
His brother Gary Gilmore (December 4, 1940 – January 17, 1977) was an American criminal who gained international attention for demanding the implementation of his death sentence for two murders he committed in Utah. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a new series of death penalty statutes in the 1976 decision Gregg v. Georgia, he became the first person in almost ten years to be executed in the United States.
An autobiography of the author Mikal and a biography of his brother, executed killer Gary Gilmore, this is more than a true-crime book—it's a dissection of the layers of violence that lie within a family and within the history of the USA. Julie Cohen, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog.
Night Beat is a look at the disruption of culture as viewed through the history of rock music, its activists, its politics, the lives lived and lives grieved for during an epoch of upheaval. The author's personal touchstones (Bob Dlan, John Lydon, Lou Reed and others) are mixed with his interviews and encounters as a Rolling Stone journalist (such as The Clash, Sinead O'Connor, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett) and a sampling of critical indulgences. This book is a mix of the best of Mikal Gilmore's writing and new and re-fashioned pieces which together tell the story of the people who made rock music, and who will carry rock & roll into the twenty-first century.
The break up of the Beatles, arguably the most famous band of the 20th century, has been observed in many ways in the past, and will be for generations to come. Yet there will still always be something mysterious about why and how the Beatles came apart the way they did, in so much rancour and avarice. John Lennon always referred to the band's end as 'a divorce', but that was simply how he justified his own leave-taking. In this thought-provoking, sensitively researched new book, music journalist Mikal Gilmore concludes that what actually happened was something different and worse than divorce: the Beatles' end was an accident, a manoeuvre by John Lennon that went horribly wrong. Gilmore weaves together the stories of the four men who changed the face of popular music, exploring the painful impact the band had on each of them as they strained against each other. Drawing on decades of research and interviews, Gilmore paints a vivid, disturbing, and insightful picture of the end of the Beatles.