"Paul Nelson: Word Perfect"
An article published in 
Dazed & Confused
December 2011

A short story published in
Utah Holiday
March 1993

"Reopening the Doors"
An interview with director Tom DiCillo
about his film When You're Strange:
A Film About the Doors
Penthouse, May 2010

"A Daughter Is a Different Matter"
A short story
Weber Studies
Winter 1994, Volume 11.1


"Reptile Love"
A profile of fiber artist Carole Doubek for 
Salt Lake City Magazine
September/October 1996

"The Bionic Songman"
A Profile of Singer-Songwriter Vince Bell
Gallery, April 1995


Photo by Lawrence White

Follow these links, presented chronologically by their 
publication date, to enjoy writings by the legendary Paul Nelson.


"The Groupies and Other Girls" (parts one and two of an article co-written with John Burks and Jerry Hopkins), Rolling Stone, February 15, 1969.

"The Motherfuckers: Fillmore East vs. the East Village; the Full Report," Rolling Stone, February 15, 1969. 

"Janis: The Judy Garland of Rock and Roll?" Rolling Stone, March 15, 1969.

"Bunky and Jake" (article about Allan Jacobs and Andrea Skinner), Rolling Stone, April 19, 1969. 

"Nashville Skyline" (review of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline), Rolling Stone, May 31, 1969. 


"The Dylan Debate" (review of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Volume II), Rolling Stone, January 6, 1972. 

"Wilderness Road" (review of Wilderness Road's eponymous album), Rolling Stone, April 13, 1972. 


"Loners and Other Strangers" (review of Leonard Cohen's New Skin for the Old Ceremony), Rolling Stone, February 27, 1975. 

"Lou Reed Live" (review of Lou Reed's Lou Reed Live), Rolling Stone, June 5, 1975. 

"Venus and Mars: Wings' Nonstellar Flight" (review of Wings' Venus and Mars), Rolling Stone, July 31, 1975.

"Willie Nelson's Phonographic Western" (review of Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger), Rolling  Stone, August 28, 1975. 

"The Basement Tapes Caper: a New/Old Mystery" (review of Bob Dylan and the Band's The Basement Tapes), September 11, 1975. 

"Rod's 'Atlantic Crossing': Shy Wizard Sets Sail" (review of Rod Stewart's Atlantic Crossing), Rolling Stone, September 25, 1975. 

"Neil Young Paints It Black" (review of Neil Young's Zuma), The Village Voice, November 24, 1975. Available on page 291 of a preview of Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson.

"Pinin' Simon: Still Slick After All These Years" (review of Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years), Rolling Stone, December 4, 1975. 


"Numbers" (review of the Cat Stevens album), Rolling Stone, February 26, 1976.

"Schoolboys in Disgrace" (review of the Kinks' album), Rolling Stone, March 11, 1976. 

"Lou Reed's Forward Pass: It's How You Play the Game" (review of Lou Reed's Coney Island Baby), Rolling Stone, March 25, 1976. 

"Ramones" (review of the Ramones album), Rolling Stone, July 29, 1976. 


"Ray Davies Gets His Kinks Out," Rolling Stone, March 24, 1977. 

"Neil Young's Solitary Journey" (review of Neil Young's American Stars 'n Bars), Rolling Stone, August 11, 1977. 

"Live Stones: Almost What We Wanted" (review of the Rolling Stone's Love You Live), Rolling Stone, November 17, 1977. 


"Leonard Cohen's Doo-Wop Nightmare" (review of Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man), Rolling Stone, February 9, 1978. 

"The Sex Pistols Drop the Big One" (review of the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols), Rolling Stone, February 23, 1978. 

"A Ticket to Ride" (review of Jackson Browne's Running on Empty), Rolling Stone, March 9, 1978. 

"Springsteen Fever" (aka "Back on the Road with Bruce" and "Springsteen's Return"), Rolling Stone, July 13, 1978. 

"Young's One-Stop World Tour: He May Be the Greatest" (review of Neil Young concert), Rolling Stone, July 27, 1978. Also available on page 293 of a preview of Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson

"The Guys Can't Help It" (review of the Rolling Stones' Some Girls), Rolling Stone, August 10, 1978.


"Neil Young: Every Promise Fulfilled"  (review of Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps), Rolling Stone, October 18, 1979. 


"Billy Joel's Songs for Swingin' Lovers" (review of Billy Joel's Glass Houses), Rolling Stone, May 1, 1980. 

"Jackson Browne: The Rolling Stone Interview -- Jackson Browne on Love, Marriage and the Girl in His Songs," Rolling Stone, August 7, 1980. 

"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (review of Bruce Springsteen's The River), Rolling Stone, December 11, 1980. See Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson for the full, unexpurgated review. 


"The Crackup and Resurrection of Warren Zevon" (aka "Warren Zevon: How He Saved Himself from a Coward's Death"), Rolling Stone, March 19, 1981. See Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson for the full, unexpurgated article.

"The Politics of Sin" (review of Bob Dylan's Shot of Love), Rolling Stone, October 15, 1981.


"Owning Up for Posterity" (review of Rod Stewart's Tonight I'm Yours), Rolling Stone, February 4, 1982. 

"Always on My Mind" (review of Willie Nelson's album), Rolling Stone, May 27, 1982.


"Rust Never Sleeps: The Neil Young Story" (unpublished book proposal), 1983. Available on page 297 of a preview of Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson

"Body Wishes" (review of Rod Stewart's album), Rolling Stone, September 1, 1983.

Additional writings about Paul Nelson.
Also see the "Press" page of this website.

"He Made Me Feel, for a Moment, Like a Genius" (undated email from Daisann McLane to Kevin Avery),

"Love in Vain: Dylan and the Stones in the Seventies" (a review by Jann Wenner recanting, in part, Paul Nelson's review of the Rolling Stones' Some Girls), Rolling Stone, September 21, 1978. 

"... to encourage, recognize and reward excellence in music writing, a field that is vital to the health and growth of America's musical heritage." (Rolling Stone advertisement commemorating Paul receiving the 1979 ASCAP/Deems-Taylor Award for "Rod Stewart Under Siege"), Billboard, July 28, 1979. 

"Great Moments in Rock Criticism" (quotes Paul's review of Steve Forbert's Alive on Arrival), Spin, September 1987. 

"What Ever Happened to Rock Critic Paul Nelson?" (interview by Steven Ward),, March 2000. 

"Paul Nelson: Word Perfect" (an article by Kevin Avery), Dazed & Confused, December 2011.

"Paul Nelson (critic)" Wikipedia entry. 

"Online Tributes to Paul Nelson (1936 - 2006)" (links--several of them having expired--to obituaries and remembrances),

"Paul Nelson R.I.P." (message board posts),


"Paul Nelson, Critic Who Spanned Folk and Rock, Dies at 69" (obituary by Jon Pareles), The New York Times, July 10, 2006. Though a correction was issued on July 10, 2006, to correct some misinformation in the original piece, it failed to note that Paul was actually 70 when he passed away. 

"Paul Nelson, 70; Critic Had Early Ties to Dylan" (obituary by Claire Noland), Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2006. 

"Former Rolling Stone Critic Paul Nelson Dies at Age 70" (obituary), Media Life Magazine, July 14, 2006.