There Goes Gravity

There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101632086
  • 368 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • 18 and up


From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider’s behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.

Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music–including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment–and in recording studios just weeks before his murder. She introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed at a private dinner in a Manhattan restaurant, helped the Clash and Elvis Costello get their record deals, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a frightening storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys’ club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the personalities and influences that have shaped the music world; she has been recognized as rock jounralism’s ultimate insider.

A keenly observed and lovingly recounted look back on years spent with countless musicians backstage, after hours and on the road, There Goes Gravity documents a lifetime of riveting stories, told together here for the first time.
There Goes Gravity

There Goes Gravity

Lisa Robinson


Praise for There Goes Gravity
“A little history, a little criticism, and a ton of gossip: That’s the recipe for Robinson’s compulsively readable chronicle of her own years as one of America’s preeminent rock journalists.” —People (four-star review)
“Robinson’s declarative, almost brusque prose feels like a balm. She’s a precise, clear-eyed, and appealing narrator, whether she’s describing the state of American room service in the mid-1970s…or the Clash after the eviction of Mick Jones.” —Chicago Tribune

“[A] fantastic collection of stories, partially due to the fact that Robinson is a top-notch writer and partly since she enjoyed completely unfettered access and the genuine friendship of figures ranging from John Lennon to Phil Spector.…The scope of Robinson’s memoir lends it an extraordinary spirit.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



  Fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life… Read more >


Last Thursday, fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity:… Read more >