On the latest version of ‘Mystery Train’

“So that’s why I’ve never tired of going back to the book, and why every time a new edition is finished I immediately start a file for the next one. But it’s the real book, those original chapters—ones I’ve never changed except to correct errors and, once, to add a coda to the Randy Newman chapter to chronicle that moment in 1977 when he finally and for the last time got a hit (excluding that strange season in 2005 when another of his songs became a kind of national anthem)—it’s those chapters which carry any new edition, and regardless of what has followed, they justify it.”

– GM at Biographile regarding the latest version (the sixth edition) of Mystery Train, the updated “Notes and Discographies” section of which now surpasses the primary text by nearly 40 pages.

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