There Goes Gravity

There Goes Gravity

A Life in Rock and Roll

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781594487149
  • 368 Pages
  • Riverhead
  • Adult


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


“Sparkling with dry-yet-gossipy wit… leave[s] readers wanting more… whets the appetite for a continuation of Robinson’s analyses of a business she not only witnessed, but affected.” – BUST

“[A] compulsively readable spring book … an all-access pass to rock ‘n’ roll history.” – Departures

“Filled with candid stories about the women (and men) who make the rock world go round, by… one of the few female journalists along for the ride.” – Elle, featured in the April 2014 “Must-Do Checklist”

“A lifetime of memories from classic rock’s heyday by one of the finest rock journalists of her generation….It’s 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 (starred)
“Fascinating…Plenty of music fans will be more than ready for this…genial and opinionated walk on the wild side.” – Booklist

“It is Robinson’s voice, straightforward and intimate, that makes this work stand out from the pack….A particularly entertaining rock and roll memoir that will appeal to a wide audience.” – Library Journal

“There Goes Gravity is a fast, fun read with delectable serving-sized chapters of rock & roll history… [Robinson’s] stories are priceless, sharing excerpts from interviews old and new, as well as behind the scenes snapshots many people are not privy to.” – Glide



  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 >


Lisa Robinson’s memoir of her experiences as a rock journalist, There Goes Gravity, is getting rave reviews in its first week on sale. Packed full of insight into the biggest rock stars of… Read more >

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