Stephen Deusner

A Tennessee native, Stephen M. Deusner is a freelance writer currently based in Indiana. He has been a frequent contributor to Pitchfork, Salon, CMT/CMT Edge, American Songwriter, Paste Magazine, and The Village Voice. He is currently working on his first book.


The Method Singer

In his new biography, John Szwed argues Billie Holiday was a method actor: she burrowed to the core of the song, determined what type of person might be voicing such sentiments in what kind of situation, and let that guide her interpretation of it....

Piece of My Heart

IN HIS NEW BOOK, Joel Selvin describes three different recordings of the song “Twist and Shout.” Two were not simply big ...

The Man in Black in Shades of Gray

In his epic new biography, Johnny Cash: The Life, Robert Hilburn explores both sides of his subject and how they were in constant conflict....

The Man in Black in Shades of Gray