Sam Stephenson is a writer from North Carolina now based in Bloomington, Indiana. A 2019 Guggenheim fellow, he is the author of Gene Smith's Sink (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017).
Living with her family in Baton Rouge when she was 12 years old, Lucinda Williams got her first guitar. Her teacher taught her to fingerpick, a technique she still uses today.
“I once fucked Jesse Helms and it was the worst sex I’ve ever had.” Perry Farrell muttered that line into the microphone on stage midway through a show at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall on Tuesday, November 13, 1990.