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Author: Lisa Robinson Narrator: Lisa Robinson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780698149434
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From a legendary journalist with four decades of unprecedented access and untold stories, an insider’s behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.


Lisa Robinson has interviewed everyone from John Lennon to Bono to Patti Smith, Eminem to Lady Gaga to Jay-Z and Kanye West. She’s talked nail polish with a twelve-year-old Michael Jackson, hosted The Clash at Studio 54, and introduced Lou Reed to David Bowie over filet mignon in a Manhattan restaurant. She helped Elvis Costello and The Clash get their record deals.  She had total access to the punk scene at CBGBs, was on a private plane with the Rolling Stones during a lightning storm and with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. Unlike any other journalist who covered this world, she was the only woman to break into this exclusive boys' club. The story of rock and roll for the last four decades is Lisa Robinson’s story. She has lived and breathed music – the sound, the scene, the personalities – and she shares her stories all together here for the first time. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Filled with candid stories about the women (and men) who make the rock world go round, by…one of the few female journalists along for the ride.”


  • “A little history, a little criticism, and a ton of gossip: That’s the recipe for Robinson’s compulsively readable chronicle of her own years as one of America’s preeminent rock journalists.”

    People (four stars)

  • “Robinson is often delightful company. She spins good yarns and drops nifty tidbits about a litany of the great and the weird. Meet Lou Reed after hours…kibitz with the New York Dolls’ peerless David Johansen, visit Michael Jackson…You can dine with a voluble Phil Spector, delve into the pontifical all-things-to-all-people contradictions of U2, and recall a certain Ms. Smith’s prestardom cabaret act…There Goes Gravity aims to entertain, but it also illuminates more than enough.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson has been called the first lady of rock-and-roll journalism, and that praise is not just hyperbole. For four decades, this seasoned reporter has interviewed and gained access into the lives of the world’s most prominent rock musicians. In this once-in-lifetime memoir, she shares stories of what she has seen as a trusted insider behind the scenes…Rock stories worth retelling.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • "[A] compulsively readable spring book…an all-access pass to rock ‘n’ roll history.”

    Departures magazine

  • “Robinson’s declarative, almost brusque prose feels like a balm. She’s a precise, clear-eyed, and appealing narrator, whether she’s describing the state of American room service in the mid-1970s…or the Clash after the eviction of Mick Jones.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Sparkling with dry-yet-gossipy wit…leave[s] readers wanting more…whets the appetite for a continuation of Robinson’s analyses of a business she not only witnessed but affected.”

    Bust magazine

  • "There Goes Gravity is a fast, fun read with delectable serving-sized chapters of rock & roll history…[Robinson’s] stories are priceless, sharing excerpts from interviews old and new, as well as behind the scenes snapshots many people are not privy to.”

    Glide magazine

  • “A lifetime of memories from classic rock’s heyday by one of the finest rock journalists of her generation….It’s a fantastic collection of stories, partially due to the fact that Robinson is a top-notch writer and partly since she enjoyed completely unfettered access and the genuine friendship of figures ranging from John Lennon to Phil Spector….All of these movements have been written about before, but the scope of Robinson’s memoir lends it an extraordinary spirit. A backstage pass to the greatest circus of the twentieth century.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Pioneering music journalist Robinson…collects behind-the-scenes stories with some of the greatest performers of the last several decades…but it is Robinson’s voice, straightforward and intimate, that makes this work stand out from the pack….A particularly entertaining rock-and-roll memoir that will appeal to a wide audience.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Fascinating…Plenty of music fans will be more than ready for this…genial and opinionated walk on the wild side.”


  • “Anyone who read rock magazines in the 1970s will remember Lisa Robinson as the tell-all columnist who gained access to the backstage world of rock’s biggest and most outrageous superstars—in particular, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin—during their creative—and decadent—peaks. In this memoir, which she narrates herself, she dryly recounts the maddening backstage whirl, which she remained a part of as late as the ‘80s, when she was reborn as an MTV talking head. Robinson’s unique voice—resonant but laced with the cynicism of a native New Yorker—adds depth to her unique position as a kind of confidante to the stars. It’s the perfect vessel to deliver such delicious—and telling—bons mots as: “In those days, nobody went to Brooklyn. There was no reason to.”


  • An Elle Magazine Pick for April 2014

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About the Author

Lisa Robinson is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she has produced music issues and written many major profiles over the past fourteen years. Prior to that, she was a longtime columnist for the New York Post, was syndicated by the New York Times, and was an editor of several rock magazines. She was born in New York City, where she still resides.