Bill Flanagan On World Cafe


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Bill Flanagan

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MTV executive and VH1 senior vice president Bill Flanagan is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ and Esquire. On top of it all, he's written a number of books, including Written in My Soul, U2 at the End of the World and A&R. In these books, Flanagan examines the music business and traces musical history via a series of songwriter interviews.

His latest book, Evening's Empire, courses through the 40-year history of an English rock band in 1967, capturing the history of music through the scrupulous depiction of the Ravons and their manager, Jack Flynn. In an interview with host David Dye, Flanagan talks about how he immortalizes the traditions and evolution of rock 'n' roll in his books.



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