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Michael Lydon:

Rod Horner

March 28, 2016

Just a note to thank you for the Ray Charles book. Tough but fair your love for the greatest musician of our lifetime shines through. Clearly a huge amount of work but a great gift to all of us who love Ray.

Victor Chen

February 27, 2016

Keep plugging, Michael!


December 3, 2015

Watched vid Made it to another spring: so many NYC memories revived. Great song, engaging vid, lovely voice reminiscent of Pete Seeger who we, by chance preceded in a Peace March (the Ribbon) years ago. Yours has more depth, less twang. Lovely.

Vicki Hill

December 3, 2015

I think the Ray Charles book will be ideal for Mr. Wonderful, (self-named) of the combo widow/widower who are (were?) lovesick fools: your song captures it all.
Here is something for you to play with, freely given: for over 40 years I had a cat (actually 3) who was my daily nurse after many post-polio surgeries. When I re-established acquaintance w/Mr. W--he had built a dream home for his wife who lived 10 years in it--he drove 300 miles to take me out. Folk who knew both of us over the years, learning I would attach my life to his in an obscure , nearly culture-free, area called the Yoop (Michigan's U.P) but w/o a cat (his allergies) said "Keep the cat, lose the man." On many counts they were right, tho I have grown through our constant differences, e.g.. Tea Party vs. Coffee Party, once my partner he claims to be mien Host in his home. I sing classical music (coloratura to tenor) but jazz is a common great love. Ahhhh, music! Loved this song and your self-pub advice (left comment there). Va bien!

Whitney Xu

November 5, 2015

Mr. Lydon,

I loved your presentation at the CSPA conference this past Monday! Thanks for sharing with us. I learned a lot and was really inspired by your advice.


Dr. Jean-Baptiste Hajayandi

September 23, 2015

Hi Michael,
I was nice to meet you this evening. Best
Jean-Baptiste Hajayandi


August 17, 2014

Just read your GD article in the 8/23/69 issue of RS while listening to the 5/30/69 Springer's Inn show on head phones. I've read a lot about the band but I think you described what they were about better than anyone. Really got a good mental image of what that crazy evening was like. Great stuff!

Mark Rhodes

June 29, 2014

Hi, Michael,
I'm enjoying your book on classic jazz guitar. (Though some of my fellow guitar players have a bone to pick with you about "double-sixteens"--I hope you'll answer them!)
I admire the vigor of your prose. I'm going to read your bio of Ray Charles nest.
Take care, and thanks,
Mark Rhodes

sharon lawrence

April 16, 2014

LOVE "Paris in the Rain"

Mary Fonseca

February 12, 2014

Always interesting to follow your career from abroad...The Internet is a miracle when it makes available wonderful musical and literary material to us who live far, far away.

John Chadwick

November 6, 2013

I just read what I think was your story on the Dead that probably ran in 1969. It's contained in the anthology called Dead Reckonings, which I just checked out of my local library. It was an amazingly insightful, prescient story. And it still holds up all these years later for anyone trying to understand the Dead and their roots in San Francisco.

Dave C

August 23, 2013

Just started reading your book. I'v been a struggling songwriter, jazz and church musician for years. I'm just getting back into writing, been away a long time. Attended Berklee College of Music back in 70's


June 7, 2013

Wonderful job on the Stones book. Saw them in Newark and Toronto recently - can't count the other shows over the years. But nothing absolutely nothing matched that first freezing night in Palm Beach when I met and heard the Stones the first time!

Michael Linden

April 30, 2013

I acquired your book 'Writing and Life' yesterday and, after a somewhat restless night, started reading it at 5 a.m. this morning. I am now on page 4 and doubt that I'll be going back to sleep anytime soon. Marvellous and captivating - you've got me hooked. I'm leaving for a holiday on the coast tomorrow and your little book is going with me. Have to ration it otherwise I will finish too soon. Thank you. It's great!

Mitch Clogg

April 1, 2013

Paris in the rain--very tuneful! Makes me think of Hemingway's "A Movable Feast," where he says he and Mary liked to go up in the Alps for skiing and to "get away from the cold" of wintertime Paris...

Nadina Simon

March 18, 2013

Heard you on the radio today. Loved it.

Daniel Ochoa

March 4, 2013

In words of Hunter S. Thompson, live on my friend, live on,

Michael Lydon

December 4, 2012

I am also Michael of luck!

Wayne Olson

September 22, 2012

Enjoyed your presentation today. Inspiring really. Part of the reason I went to the Ray Symposium is because I'm in the middle of writing a book myself and felt both too busy and a little stuck. My book is related to my work and is different but your ideas about chronology being your friend and so on is helpful. My outline is MY friend, I just need to stick to it and keep it simple!

Lost Illusions. This book was a big deal for Francois Truffaut when he was a kid, as reflected in The 438 Blows, my favorite movie except maybe Day for Night.

RPM = Records Publishing Management someone said

michael lydon

September 17, 2012

must be hard for you to live in my shadow, especialy being the 2nd most handsome man in the world

David Casey

September 5, 2012


I am awed to learn of your Ray Charles book and of your presence at the conference at Berklee on Sat., Sept 22, 2012. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

I will do my best to remember all this as the day approaches and hope to somehow share in or acknowledge your participation there. Enjoy.

Please convey my fond regards to the elegant and talented Ms. Mandel. Happiness to you both.

And as the days tick by think from time to time of Elihu, my wife Linda's' life away from home. Consider stopping by and saying hi,

Think of spreading a bit of Ray on these kids' young minds.

You've got a key.



April 8, 2012

Hello Mr.Lydon. I finished the book "How to play classic Jazz Guitar". Excellent introduction and advices for playing guitar!!!! Congratulations!!!

luis carlos

February 5, 2012

I love listening to Paris in the Rain.,..La vie,...etc.



David J. Wynn

September 29, 2011

Blame it on Shuna, laughingly, her recent post of her Daddy is how I became aware of you. I turn 60 in March 2012 as the youngest, so it was soo refershing to see and hear the replay of your interview and those times of the 60,s. Currently in Southern California, & moving to Colorado in next 12 months, so glad to ''take'' you with us.


August 22, 2011

I just heard you play at The Immigrant at think you're amazing. I want you to play at my wedding.....but first I need to get a boyfriend. Seriously, loved your music.

Graeme Roberts

August 8, 2011

Hello Michael,
I can't wait for your articles in Word Count, on the Visual Thesaurus website. Now I will listen to your music.

You are a treasure!


Harry Hughes

May 17, 2011

Hi Michael and Ellen. I hope all is going well. I just listened to "Pass it On." Here are my humble comments on it. The title and theme are terrific. People everywhere seem to be wanting a little cheer in their lives these days, most like likely due to the economic situation and the senseless wars in the Middle East. the melody is on target, the musicianship frames the song perfectly (I love the little choral part at the end), and finally, Michael's voice, except when he emotes a little too much in a few places, has an improved soft quality to it. The only part of the song in which I cringed a bit was the "dying baby" lyric. It just sounded out of place and a bit mawkish. I think if you changed that line you'd have yourself a real winning song here. Well boys and girls, I hope this was helpful. Love, Harry

Jon Van Dyke

March 26, 2011

Hi, Michael -- I'm in Elk this weekend!! (With my wife Sherry & daughter Michelle & her guy Chris.) And I have been remembering the times I visited your place in Elk some 40 years ago. It's still dramatic & beautiful here. I'm on sabbatical this year, from my usual teaching post at the University of Hawaii, and I have been teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, this spring semester. Let me know if your travels bring you to the Bay Area, or to Hawaii later this year. So glad to see that you are still active and handsome!! (As you always were!) My daughter is a music journalist, so I have been telling her about you. Best to Ellen. Aloha, Jon

Stefano Amato

March 15, 2011

hi i'm an italian economy student and i'm reading a book cured by you and Robert Dimery titled: "1001 DISCHI i capolavori della musica pop-rock internazionale".
It was a present by my dad who loves music like I do. I hope it will let me descover lot of music I ignored before. I wrote this comment because you asked for it or just because I understood so.
But i would like to live for music that is my biggest passion togheter with football and girls. So if you have something for me or if i could do something for you just let me know.
Goodbye and good luck

Bob Kelly

January 6, 2011

Right after I read your wonderful article, "The Magic of Writing," I read The Writer's Almanac piece on E.L. Doctorow (1/5/10). As both a writer and musician, you might enjoy this quote by Doctorow: "Somewhere along the line the rhythms and tonalities of music elided in my brain with the sounds that words make and the rhythm that sentences have."

I've added that quote to my collection (452 volumes, 1.6 million quotes) and I hope you'll enjoy it. If you like, I'll be glad to forward that edition of the Almanac to you.

Nivia Mendez

June 27, 2010

Wow! Cool website! Correct me if I'm wrong, I remember you also wrote a book on how to make it in music, didn't you? Anyway, I really enjoyed checking out the site! Keep up the great work!

Bertil Mollberger

May 27, 2010

Hi again Mr Lydon, long time no talk! (And no write!) Glad I found you web site; we had some conversation via mail a couple of years ago, when I had read your terrific book on Brother Ray. "You're really a FAN, you said when you read my mails to and from Ray's daughter Raenée Robinson. Well well, here I am again - and I'll get back to you soon, with some questions about your book (again). Keep cool, All the best, Bertil Mollberger.


February 21, 2010

Michael--Came across your Rolling Stone essay, Dead Zone. Your account of the Grateful Dead's 1969 gig at Springer's Inn comes very near to capturing the experience of hearing the Dead hit one of their many peaks. No one else, IMHO, did a better job of putting the Dead's sound into words--not an easy task.
Thank you for doing so....


February 17, 2010

Hi Michael,
I'd love to read your articles on language. Do you blog such articles?


January 27, 2010

little song is quite cute!!


January 21, 2010

Loved your essay on metaphors, that appears in today. Perfect lecture. I'm purchasing your book of essays on writing. Terrific. Smart. I'll share it with my students. Thank you so much.

luis carlos

January 10, 2010

I just saw some of your new videos and I really enjoyed.
Best wishes for 2010 for you and Ellen!

Luis Carlos


October 9, 2009

You must have been a really young man, but you wrote some really good liner notes to a favorite old record of mine, Chuck Berry's "Back Home."


October 9, 2009

saw U wrote a book about Ray Charles, maybe U can help me. I heard once in the radio "Summertime" by Ray Charles and Sarah Vaughan, I love that version but there's no way I can find in which record is that song... Will you help?
Thank U

David Hill

October 5, 2009

Michael, I was the "promoter" of the 1969 Stones concert in Auburn you describe so amusingly in Flashbacks. I just returned to Auburn after a 40 year sojourn and its time to celebrate the 40th anniversary. Could we speak to get any other anecdotes you recall? It don't recall that Terry Reid went out for the second show and CB got his amp unplugged, all because of the late hour. Can you recall any details of this?

James Lydon

September 20, 2009


Just came on here because I am a Lydon lol... My grandfathers name is Michael Lydon, but I don't really know him well...

Jim Thiel

August 11, 2009

Hi Mike,

Peter Tillers tipped me off to your website. I recall your kindness in remembering Fred Bamber in some Yale 65 submittal. I roomed with and went through flight training with Woody Knapp -- who liked to be called Rick Knapp -- who was shot down in an A-4 and was our only class mate lost in the war I believe.

Wish I had some musical talent. Have a old grand piano but have written only one song for my own enjoyment (no lyrics). Nice to see your picture. Jim

Peter Tillers

August 3, 2009

Knew you at Yale College. The internet age had to arrive before I could find you.

You have had a rich life. More to come, I'm sure. Best regards, Peter

jim shepley

July 28, 2009

it's been a long time. Loved "Man and Music" great book. Hope to hear from you sometime.Just thinking of Bob Greenlee and Jim Payne and the old "Jim Ground daze" Still playing a lot of shows
Be well

Andrew Becknell

April 9, 2009

It was great to meet you at Columbia the other week. You are an amazing person and inspired me to continue my music writing. I was touched by your class that you taught there. I walked in there thinking it was going to be a regular boring class about journalism like the others there, but when you said who you were I was in total nirvana. That was the highlight of my trip to New York with my school newspaper besides winning an award for second place for my photography. Sir you are perhaps the coolest person I have met. I thought it was cool how you co founded Rolling Stone because I check that site every week for music news. Music is my life and you only furthered it. I enjoyed when you talked about interviewing John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Thank you for the experience. "Are You Experienced?" as Hendrix said. Yes I am. Keep up the music and I hope to read more of your writing and meet you again some day. Peace

March 22, 2009

Michael Lydon-
Wow. You will never know the extent to which you blew me away this past week at Columbia. I was there, you were there. We had an interview in common- Richie Havens. How wild is that? Anyhow, I wanted to let you know that I checked up on you and, through my eyes, you're a great man with a very inspiring story.
Thank you for the awakening,
Jake Brower

grace rosen

March 19, 2009

I heard you speak today at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association conference. You were absolutely fantastic, completely inspiring. I am the Arts editor of my paper and there are definitely going to be major improvements after hearing your story.

Thanks so much

Rita (Willow) Johnson

March 17, 2009

Hello Michel!
Read part of your book on RC online. I wonder who gave you the story, so many things wrong.I should know, and I do.Great style in your writing though.
All best, Raita (Rita)

Michael Lydon

February 17, 2009

My name is Michael Lydon also, and I play guitar and write books. Although I am a liiiiiiiittle younger than u. Yaaaaaaaaay!!!!

Roger Lewis

December 15, 2008

Ho Michael,
Just to say thanks for writing How to play Classic Jazz Guitar, Six Swinging Strings. I've been studying it for the past 3 months and it is the best guitar book I've ever read/studied.
I have been so impressed i've posted a recommendation on the various guitar forums I tend to read recommending that others go out and buy it or get it as a present for Christmas.
All the best anyhow.
Roger G Lewis

Harry Hughes

September 14, 2008

I've got some bad news for that Lydon guy. He's only the second handsomest guy in the world.


March 26, 2008

Hi Michael! I got your site from David Smelin's camp letter to his staff. I've worked at fieldston for 6 years now, and I'm looking forward to singing with you at quad this year. Welcome on board!

cody dingess

March 10, 2008

i love your book about ray charels i stubled on it in my college library thank you im now writing a book report on it thank you for sharing this story with me

Cath Young

February 6, 2008

Hi Michael,
I'm looking for a different Michael Lydon in London but thought I'd take a look at you website. Great music! I've never heard of you before until now. I'm adding you to my favourites. Best of luck

Cath Young

Ruth Adkins Robinson

December 2, 2007

Had to pick up your RC book again as some jerk has sent out an email saying that 'one of Ray's ex-wives' has died and invited all to 'read the books' which proved that she was an 'anchor' in his career. i sent him an email that says she wasn't a wife, nor an achor, i read the books! oh, it was Mae Lyles. best, RAR


October 21, 2007

its realy an honor to sibmit on the guestbook of a great writer with an impresive career like you

Larry (Larry Cooke) Brakefield

March 20, 2007

Read your book "Rock Folk" in the 70s and found it last week in my storage boxes. Read most of it again. I'm 64 now so I read a lot in the "can." I played rock guitar from 1958 till 1977. Mostly California. Played San Francisco in 65 & 66. Do the "El Cid" and "Big Al's" ring a bell? How 'bout Carol Doda? Must have ran into you along the way. Great times. I feel like I know you because you're from the same ilk as me & my pals. We worked out of Local 47 in LA. Keep on truckin' man and I'll see you somewhere sometime. You looking and sounding great....LarryB

Zick Rubin

March 10, 2007

I was here. Couldn't sleep, went downstairs, checked my Facebook account, and there you were. Website looks great. Zick


February 8, 2007

Hello! Shuna linked here from her blog. She's a unique and wonderful person who's writing has made me laugh, cry, swoon and salivate. I can only imagine how proud of her you must be. Thank you for your part in making her the wonderful person she is today.

Now I'll go read more about you and listen to your music.

tim lydon

April 3, 2006

hi! It is so cool to be writing to you. I am 11 years old and I found your book, Flashbacks, at the library. I was surprised to find another Lydon. I live in Minnesota. There are not many Lydons here.I am a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Hope to talk to you again.
Tim Lydon


March 9, 2006

I had Michael Lydon visit my school on 3/9/06. I just wanted to say, me and my friends really loved his music and thought his career was awesome. And his guitar is freaking cool.

Greg Greenhalgh

February 23, 2006

Great web site featuring a great writer, great singer and all round great guy! If you’re visiting this site and haven’t yet read Mr Lydon’s “Ray Charles – Man and Music” get a copy quick. Brilliantly researched, opinionated and wonderfully scripted, this book is by far the best biog’ available on the life of the “Genius” Ray Charles. Greg & Gill Papcastle, England