“Martin Torgoff has been writing books and making films about sex, drugs and rock and roll for thirty years.” -The New Yorker
From Woody Guthrie to the Wu Tang Clan, from Elvis Presley to electronic dance music, Martin Torgoff’s work about how music has shaped American culture has spanned genres and generations. In 2004 he published Can’t Find My Way Home: America: America In the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000, an epic work of narrative cultural history about illicit drugs in postwar America. Before that, his work appeared on the cover of Andy Warhol’s magazine, Interview, during its heyday. Other books include the prize-winning American Fool: The Roots and Improbable Rise of John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp, and the best-selling Elvis: We Love You Tender. His interest in this field goes back his first job as a young Associate Editor at Grosset & Dunlap in the 1970s when he helped pioneer what became a whole trend in trade book publishing of illustrated “scrapbooks” about music and pop culture.