Remembering Albert Goldman
Albert Goldman, the slash-and-burn celebrity chronicler who once compared bluesman Albert King to Achilles, died of a heart attack on March 28 at age 66. He earned critical praise for his biography of Lenny Bruce, then made headlines with controversial best-sellers about Elvis and John Lennon. But the former pop music columnist for Life had a soft side, too. He once called James Brown ”the one man in America who can stop a race riot in its tracks.”
Ladies and Gentlemen- Lenny Bruce!! (1974, Penguin) The tormented comedian in all his guises; one of the earliest unflinching looks at a celebrity.
Elvis (1981; currently out of print) A bio-epic crammed with shocking revelations of the King’s vulgar excesses.
The Lives of John Lennon (1988, Bantam) A scathing portrait of the artist as depressed, disturbed, and deluded.