When I was a freshman at Michigan State University, many years ago, I met Dick Rosemont at his fine record store, Flat Black & Circular. What impressed me about Dick at the time, and still impresses me today, is not just the depth of his knowledge on popular music (which is rather remarkable in itself) but his enthusiasm and
eloquence in sharing that knowledge with others. Dick is a tireless student of 20th Century popular music, and he has a deep understanding of the arts, the people who make it, and their importance as part of the larger culture; his knowledge is more than just a stockpile of factoids, but a comprehension of the continuing evolution of
a creative form that has touched the lives of many people.
Mark Deming Music Writer, Ann Arbor, MI