Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life

A personal and critical essay in which Aaron Gilbreath recalls discovering the music of Friends of Dean Martinez in the ’90s, and the ways in which it helped him to appreciate life in his native Arizona.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 25, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,571 words)

Bootlegging Jane’s Addiction

In this personal essay, Aaron Gilbreath considers the impact a live Jane’s Addiction recording has had on him, and the effect heroin had on the band’s — and his own — creativity.

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Published: Nov 13, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,465 words)

The Tears of Denis Johnson

The writer showed his students and friends how to remain an artist, even when one becomes a kind of cult figure.

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Published: Jun 16, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Come Hear My Song

A night at the San Joaquin Valley’s last historic honky-tonk.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 11, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,437 words)