About the Author

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I’m the author of several books, as well as numerous articles which have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and online.  My titles include Silence Descends:  The End of the Information Age, 2000-2500 (1997), Jimmy Page:  Magus, Musician, Man (2007), Arcadia Borealis:  Childhood and Youth In Northern Ontario (2008), Out of Our Heads:  Rock ‘n’ Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off (2010), Led Zeppelin FAQ (2011), Dumbing Down Dissent:  Fads and Fallacies in Political Discourse (2011), Calling Dr. Strangelove:  The Anatomy and Influence of the Kubrick Masterpiece (2014), and Here’s To My Sweet Satan:  How the Occult Haunted Music, Movies and Pop Culture, 1966-1980 (2016).

The essays here cover a wide range of cultural criticism and political observation, suitable for all readers (if not, I’ll warn you ahead of time).  Feel free to (politely) comment on or (fairly) quote from what you read here.

21 thoughts on “About the Author

    • Hi, sorry, I’m not on Twitter. I can barely believe I’m on Facebook and that I’m blogging at all. Even CDs are still pretty exciting to me. Thanks for reading, though.

  1. A friend of mine said she read in one of your books that Jimmy Page had stated his either grandmother or great grandmother was Chinese. I hope you don’t mind answering a couple questions. First, to your knowledge is Mr. Page of Chinese ancestry? Second, if you wrote that, which of your books was it in because I seemed to have missed it. (I just now reread chapter 1 of your excellent biography, Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man and it’s not in that chapter at least!) Thanks!

    • Hi Lif,

      Thanks for your query. I’ve heard the rumors of Page’s Asian ancestry floating around for some time, but I’ve never confirmed it and I had never mentioned it in either Magus or LZFAQ. I think the legend, such as it is, derives from Page’s own appearance (dark hair, small eyes), but I’m pretty sure there is no factual basis for this. I also recall some Zep fans referring to a Japanese interview with Page where he mentioned being teased as a kid for his “Japanese” looks; however, the teasing had nothing to do with his actual family heritage. Page’s mother’s maiden name was Gaffikin (of Irish background, I believe), and in any case a mixed marriage would have been pretty unusual in England in the early Twentieth Century. As you probably know, I had no personal access to Page when researching my books, so mine isn’t the last word on the matter, but as I say I’ve never found any documentary evidence suggesting any Asian ancestry on Page’s part. If any Zeppelin / Page buff is really dying to know the truth on this, genealogical websites like ancestry.com offer access to birth certificates and other data from Britain and elsewhere, but there’s a fee and they’d have to do some digging. Sorry I can’t be of more help – thanks for reading.

      • You’re more of an unbiased authority than most anyone, so I’ll go with your take on it all. Of course, Asian ancestry or not, it doesn’t really matter if what a person cares about is the man’s music. Thank you, George.

        PS – Are you writing another book and if so when does it come out and what’s it about?

      • Hi – I am currently working on another book, not music-related, for the US firm McFarland. It may not be out until 2015. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s an analysis of a classic movie of the 1960s. I’ll be giving more details closer to the publication date.

        Peace On Earth.

  2. Hi George. Just finished the Magus. Very good read! THANK YOU!!!
    Being a huge Zeppelin fan since I was 10, the first song I heard was In the Evening when In Through the Out Door came out, from then I was hooked. Have read all the bios and even started collecting memorabilia ( programmes, the Object,etc.) but me being from North Van just made the read even more interesting seeing as though you lived or still do live, in Burnaby. I was at the same Page and Plant show with you.

    Small world!!!
    Job well written!!!

    Cheers
    Ian Godenzie

    • Hi Ian – thanks for reading. I don’t live in Burnaby any more but I have fond memories of my time in the GVRD. And yeah, the Page-Plant show in ’95 was pretty cool; I still remember Plant’s showstopping wail on “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” Glad you enjoyed the book, and Rock and Roll!

  3. It disturbs me that in the book Out of Our heads, there’s an implication that Jimmy McCulloch was a user of morphine. In the body, morphine remains as is. Heroin metabolizes into morphine and 6-AM, a metabolite. The verdict was left open for a few good reasons, and Jimmy was not a user of hard drugs.

    • Hello, and thanks for your message. It’s been a while since I wrote and researched Out of Our Heads, but I think I drew on Gary Herman’s book “Rock Babylon” for my very brief mention of Jimmy McCulloch. I did write “an inquest concluded with an ‘open verdict.'” I did feel he rated a mention as a rock musician who died young and in drug-related circumstances. I also seem to remember an interview with Paul McCartney who explained something to the effect that Jimmy “liked to party a little too hard.” Apologies if I gave offense; thanks for reading and commenting. GC

  4. Congrats, George, on the inclusion of your comments in the mail section of ‘The New Yorker’, September 28, 2015. Astute observations on American affairs, lucidly made. Perhaps a longer piece one day!

      • I remember a conversation about ‘hegemony’. And you recommended HP Lovecraft, who has since received the his own LOA edition I believe. Nice to see you still shining light in dark places. Best wishes! BK

  5. Mr. Case: Loved your book on Jimmy Page. THANKS! I was looking at the “synopsis” for your Out Of Our Heads, and think you might have been over-reaching, and I read this one too. Skip down to the synopsis and what follows from “The original goal that ultimately lead to this volume…” WTF? Are you sure you know who your audience is? (j/k: some bizarre computer glitch?):

    http://product.half.ebay.com/Out-of-Our-Heads-Rock-n-Roll-Before-the-Drugs-Wore-Off-by-George-Case-2010-Paperback/78402447&tg=info

    I plan to read all of your books. The one on the end of the Information Age looks really enticing.

    -Michael, AKA “OverweeningGeneralist”
    Petaluma, CA, USA (soon to be renamed “Trumplandia”)

    • Hi Michael aka Robert – that’s indeed a bizarre glitch, although it might have made a more interesting book, or at least a more original one! Thanks for reading, and I’ll look forward to checking out more of your writing (good luck down there in Trumplandia). Best, GC

  6. Greetings George, As a Long Time (40+years) Student in the University of the Two Jim/i/mys..I have Drawn Deeply from the Inspirational Well of Jimmy Page.
    I found your book to be Insightful and Informative. It flows well in the Eye and the Mind. I’ve found it to be Balanced in considering the Light and Dark of the Magus Musician Man!!! It’s been great reading of his story with the references reverting to his experiences.
    Thank You Greatly,
    Cheers Paul AAA

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