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David Dalton obituary: Rolling stone writer dies at 80

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David Dalton was a prominent writer for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine who wrote biographies of Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, and Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.

Prolific rock music writer

David Dalton was an assistant for artist Andy Warhol in the 1960s and was taking photographs of the rock scene. He began sending his photos to the new rock magazine Rolling Stone when the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner asked him to caption his photos and that started his writing career at the magazine. He won a National Magazine Award in 1971 with co-writer David Felton for a multi-part article on Charles Manson. After writing for ‘Rolling Stone,’ he became a prolific rock music biographer. He wrote biographies of Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious, the Rolling Stones, James Dean, and helped Steven Tyler, Marianne Faithfull, and Meatloaf write their biographies.  

Notable Quote

“When I wrote rock journalism I was younger.” “I was involved in the scene as it was happening, evolving. I went anywhere at the drop of a hat. When I got into my 30s I began writing about the past and have lived there ever since.” – from his unpublished biography quoted by the New York Times


Tributes to David Dalton 

Full Obituary: New York Times

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