Anthony Bozza is one of the coolest people we’ve ever met. He’s approachable and easy to talk to, even though people with far less listed on their resumes think they deserve to be self-righteous. As a Rolling Stone journalist and author, he’s spent time with some of the biggest names in music including Eminem, Tommy Lee, and Courtney Love. Here, we ask him about what makes him tick:
What would be the title of your memoir?
What does your ideal NYC day look like?
Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m fascinated by the human experience, human psychology, sociology and history. I’m fascinated by extreme characters and individuals or individuals that go or have gone to extremes for their art. Often they can’t explain why they do it, even when it leads to their own detriment. I like searching for the why of it, which is what I get out of co-writing. I love writing, I always have, though I didn’t study creative writing or journalism in college - I studied history. But fiction has always been a huge source of inspiration to me because it can make a three-dimensional, living breathing world exist in a two-dimensional plane if the story teller is skilled enough. It isn’t easy, and I truly relish that challenge every time I sit down with my computer.
Who are your biggest influences?
Writing wise, Kurt Vonnegut, Vladimir Nobokov, Charles Dickens, Denis Johnson, Amy Hempel, Katherine Dunn, Raymond Chandler, Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Franz Kafka and Truman Capote. There are more, but that’s off the top of my head. Music wise it’s endless, everyone from Bauhaus to Biggie Smalls, Led Zeppelin to Leon Redbone to Leonard Cohen to AC/DC to Earth, Wind and Fire, Nirvana to New Order. Last time I checked, my iTunes said that I had 675 days worth of music in my library, and then there’s my vinyl collection. So yes, I’m obsessed. I’ve started posting the occasional themed playlist from my Spotify account to my Facebook author page, if anyone is interested. I also do a monthly podcast that you can access at my website, www.anthonybozza.net or through my Facebook author page, that highlights what new bands and goings-on in the music world are moving me at the moment. Turning people on to bands they may never have heard but come to love is endlessly rewarding to me because I know how much the music I love has meant in my life. A friend of mine is marrying a girl I went to high school with who told him that the Cure tape (yes, tape) I gave her off the dashboard of my car when I was a senior and she was a freshman changed everything for her and made her into the music fan she is today. It was amazing to hear that.