Author and VH1 executive Bill Flanagan vividly portrays the inner workings of the music business in his 2000 novel, A&R. To celebrate the book’s release in paperback, Flanagan joins singer-songwriters Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle and CMT general manager Brian Philips in a panel discussion, “A&R: The Real Story,” at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 4007 Hillsboro Road in Nashville.
Before joining VH1, Flanagan wrote about music and its creators as an editor for Musician magazine and as a contributor to Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Esquire and GQ. His profiles of singer-songwriters are gathered in a collection, Written in My Soul: Conversations With Rock’s Great Songwriters. His U2 at the End of the World is the definitive book-length portrait of the Irish rock band.
Crowell and Earle are Texas-bred songwriters of the first order, and Philips, newly installed at CMT, is known for his groundbreaking work at country and rock radio stations in Dallas and Atlanta. Admission is free. Readers in the Nashville area can call 615-385-2645 for more information.