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The Nutley Papers (1990): Billings’ Fifth Sin Phony

James Billings, The Nutley Papers: Unbelievable Correspondence from the Titans of Music (Music Associates of America, 1990)


photo credit: Music Associates of America

If you are lucky, this will be the only time you ever see this book.

Music Associates of America seems to be a viable company (as opposed to a vanity press), which makes me wonder whether Mr. Billings works for them and simply co-opted their name (rather like the pseudonymous “Sean Yeedell” did in having his employer, Max S. Hayes Vocational High School, publish his awful poetry collection Dreams, Fantasies, Love, Reality two years later). I find it hard to believe this went through any sort of vetting process. No, let me rephrase that—I can believe it was vetted for publication, as long as I can believe those who did the vetting were still in junior high school. That’s about the top level where much of the “naughtier” humor here is probably still amusing. If, on the other hand, you’ve grown out of such things, this is a chore even at a slim seventy-four pages, a bad stand-up routine that attempts to find cachet through dubious attempts (and failures) at a musical connection. If you stumble upon a copy of this at a used book sale, as I did, you’re better off fleeing the other way. *

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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