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Steve Wishnia


“A-String to Your Heart”


New York, NY


Steven Wishnia is author of A-String to Your Heart, a collection of essays and memoirs on music; the rock ’n’ roll novels “When the Drumming Stops” (Manic D Press) and “Exit
25 Utopia,” as well as “The Cannabis Companion” (The Running Press), which has been translated into six languages. His fiction has also appeared in Jewish Noir, Long Island Noir, and World War 3 Illustrated. He now works as national news reporter for LaborPress, and his journalistic distinctions include being the last person ever published in the Village Voice; winning two awards for reporting on New York City housing issues; and being called a “public nuisance” by a former New York governor. Bassist in the ’80s punk band False Prophets, he currently plays guitar in Blowdryer Punk Soul and bass in artist Mac McGill’s multimedia shows and the klezmer band Kvetch. He lives amid proliferating piles of books, records, and instruments.

About "A-String to Your Heart"

A unique collection of music writings, “A-String to Your Heart” travels from New Orleans’ Congo Square to Jemaa al-Fna in Marrakech, from Greek rebetika to New York City rock’n’roll. Including memoirs of playing in Argentina with a bilingual garage-punk band, remembrances of Alice Coltrane and Lou Reed, and rants against the obliteration of live music by high rents, it tells its tales
with vivid verbiage and a deep sense of history.