Douglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk is the author of Live at the Apollo (Continuum, 2003) and Reading Comics (Da Capo, 2007). He writes about pop music and comic books for Time, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and elsewhere, and has run the tiny record label Dark Beloved Cloud since 1992. He lives in Portland, Oregon.



"Songs of The City"

In 1968, Carole King split up with her longtime collaborator Gerry Goffin and formed a band called The City with guitarist Danny Kortchmar and her new partner (and future husband), bassist Charles Larkey. They recorded only one album, Now That Everything's Been Said--it stiffed--before King started recording under her own name. It's a good-not-great record, but it's fascinating as a document of one of that particular moment's dicey transitions between the New York-based Brill Building pop aesthetic of the Goffin/King era (half of its songs were co-written by Goffin) and the L.A.-based singer-songwriter sound that King and Kortchmar would go on to construct over the next few years. And its tendrils extend in some unexpected directions, including intersections with the Velvet Underground, the Fugs and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

This will be a slightly unusual presentation both for me and for the EMP conference: I'll be bringing my ukulele, and performing some original songs about The City, their history and their brief, fascinating career, as well as a couple of songs by The City.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, March 25

9:00am EDT