Disturbing the Peace

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About Bill Kopp


The short version...
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, will be published in 2021 by HoZac Books.

The slightly longer version...
Depending on one's interest, one is either amazed and entertained or bored to tears with Bill Kopp's encyclopedic knowledge of the popular music of the last fifty years. A rock/pop music historian, he has amassed a collection of way more than 6,000+ albums, nearly half of those on vinyl.

Bill is a contributing editor at Goldmine. He writes often for altweeklies Mountain Xpress (Asheville NC), New City (Chicago), Metro Silicon Valley (San Jose) and SF Weekly (San Francisco). He also writes and/or has written for No Depression, Trouser Press, Electronic Music, Ugly Things, WNC Magazine, City Paper (Pittsburgh), Flagpole (Athens), Creative Loafing (Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Charlotte), Style Weekly (Richmond VA), Colorado Springs Independent, The Laurel of Asheville, Brooklyn Paper, Salt Lake City Weekly, Mature Living (Toledo), Bass Guitar (UK), Shindig! Magazine (UK), Record Collector (UK), San Diego Reader, Electronic Musician, Electronic Sound (UK), Living Blues, Prog Magazine (UK), 60sgaragebands.com, the long-defunct print magazine Skope (where he ran things as Editor-in-Chief for two years), Billboard, Stomp and Stammer, Best Classic Bands, Capital at Play, Rock and Roll Globe, Tangents Magazine and Jambase.org, among many others. He's also worked as a copy editor for Spill Magazine (Toronto) and as the Jazz Desk Editor and Prog Editor at BLURT.

Bill has written liner notes for more than 30 CD reissues of albums by Brotherhood (a Paul Revere and the Raiders spinoff group), heavy rock giants Iron Butterfly, progressive rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Bobby Lance, Diamond Rio, The Ventures, Edgar Winter, Larry Coryell, Survivor, Ben Folds, Dan Fogelberg, Dave Mason and many others. He's also authored liner note essays for four reissue albums by jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.

Bill has interviewed and written features on hundreds of musical artists. He's reported on the Bonnaroo, Moogfest, Hopscotch, YepRoc 15, Dig!, Ponderosa Stomp, Big Ears, Americana Music Association, Mountain Oasis, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Asheville Electro Music Fest, San Jose Jazz Fests, Lollapalooza and Echo Project festivals, and written about consumer products including the Microsoft Zune, Rock Band: The Game and (huff, puff...) many others.

He lives in a nearly century-old house in Asheville, NC with his wife, an impossibly cute little dog, that mountain of vinyl, and way, way, way too many synthesizers and guitars.

And, like everyone else, he's everywhere: Based on nearly 100 interviews with those who were there, Bill Kopp's Disturbing the Peace is the story of 415 Records.



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