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Elizabeth Nelson


About

Elizabeth Nelson is singer-songwriter for the Washington, D.C.-based garage-punk band the Paranoid Style, a civil servant in the field of education policy, and a regular contributor to the Ringer, the Oxford American, the New York Times Magazine, and Pitchfork, among others. In 2020 Spin magazine ranked the Paranoid Style the twenty-seventh best rock & roll band currently working, thereby adding twenty-six names to her renowned Enemies List.

Articles

Issue 111, Winter 2020

Long-Haired Country Boy

By Elizabeth Nelson

Issue 115, Winter 2021

Lowell George in Eight and a Half Songs

Maybe the only thing about Lowell George that seemingly everyone agrees on is that he really did have very small and very unusual feet.

By Elizabeth Nelson

A NIGHT WITH LOU REED

An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.  As for the movie I’m watching, I came to adore it more than I ever expected to. It sent me down a Lou Reed rabbit hole. Transformer and Mick...

By Elizabeth Nelson

ALOHA FROM HAWAII

An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.  Understand my irreverence was never situated in disrespect or unkindness. First he was a man and then he was a star and then he was a legend...

By Elizabeth Nelson

BOB ON BOB

In a 2017 interview with Bill Flanagan, Bob Dylan held forth on his views regarding Don McLean’s “American Pie,” a song that I have loathed with an almost inchoate malice since first encountering it...

By Elizabeth Nelson

MARVIN GAYE: LIVE IN AMSTERDAM 1976

An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.  This is the most Marvin Gaye sentiment ever. There is no such thing as a fun, cheap fling in the Marvin Gaye universe. There is no hedonistic...

By Elizabeth Nelson

MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION PRESENTS WARREN ZEVON

An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.  What is it about this malignancy that pulls me like the moon pulls on the tides? Why does he live in my head? Maybe I am a soft touch. Maybe...

By Elizabeth Nelson

THE TOUR

An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.  What it all represented to me was a way of living and thinking that seemed astoundingly unconstrained by convention or expectation. Each of...

By Elizabeth Nelson

THE WHO ROCKS AMERICA: 1982 AMERICAN TOUR

An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.  They had announced in August of that year that it would be their final outing and Toronto was the final stop on it. I must consider what or...

By Elizabeth Nelson