Who Does Writer John McAlley Think He Is?

I’d like to know, because I’d like to get to know writer John McAlley. Catching up with this month’s GQ at lunchtime, I happened to enjoy a story about said writer’s dalliance with Peter Frampton’s ex-girlfriend 30 years ago this Labor Day. The story — not online, near as I can tell — involved a good bit of rock history; some enjoyable McAlley personal history; and a great NSFW quote about why the 10-years-older, drug-n-booze party girl ex-girlfriend would go for a teetotal, self-identified record-store-clerk nerd like McAlley. It was a great read. Then I get to the bio:

John McAlley has written for Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Spin. He lives in Dallas and is currently a contributing editor at NPR.org.

Hunh. I ask Tim and Zac if they’ve heard of John McAlley. No and no. Then, just Internet browsing, minding my own, I see McAlley has the current cover story on Spin. It’s a profile of Beck that gets some Idolator analysis. McAlley’s suddenly everywhere, and he came from seemingly nowhere. (“Seemingly” to me, at least.) Please, sir, come forward so I may buy you a beer or two and hear the even juicier bits that didn’t make it to print.

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5 responses to “Who Does Writer John McAlley Think He Is?”

  1. Where ya been, Adam? John is the former arts and entertainment editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He came here FROM Entertainment Weekly. He was here for roughly two years, 2004-2006 if I recall right. I still see him at movie screenings all the time. And I love the part in the Beck profile where John talks about having a comfortable flight from the Netherlands to Switzerland — or was it the other way around? — while Beck and family schlepped their way on the tour bus.

    Robert Philpot
    Entertainment writer
    Fort Worth Star-Telgram

  2. Burney says:

    He’s an amazing writer and one of the coolest cats I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Renaissance man meets rock star Casanova. Kind of an intellectual version of the “most interesting man in the world” character. A true Dallas asset.

  3. The "Barista" says:

    I have it on excellent authority that John McAlley keeps office hours weekdays at the West Village Starbucks, where, over steaming cups and stale pumpkin loaf, he hosts regular salons for Dallas’s many men of letters (that is, hectoring notes from the IRS, Mothers Against Deadbeat Dads, and Day Traders Anonymous) who congregate there. The robustly employed are welcome, as well, so long as they adhere to the dress code (flip-flops, cargo shorts, “hammeRED” tee from the Gap) and are willing to join in the group greeting, “I would rather be with you than with the finest people!” Adam?

  4. Beddy says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of sharing many an espresso with John at Starbucks. He’s the most unassuming, least pretentious bad-ass I’ve ever met. Chicks dig it.

  5. Tim Madigan says:

    I know McAlley. I’m proud to say he’s my friend. He is indeed a cross between the most interesting man in the world, and Forrest Gump. Wait till he writes about his moment with Mariah Carey.