Remembering Albert Goldman -- We remember Elvis', John Lennon, and Lenny Bruce's biographer

By Erica Kornberg
Updated April 15, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.