David Kent-Abbott

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I was born in 1970 in Santa Fe, NM, during the heart of the hippie movement there. After my parents split up when I was little, my mother and I moved out to the Jersey Shore. As I grew up, I really loved…
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I was born in 1970 in Santa Fe, NM, during the heart of the hippie movement there. After my parents split up when I was little, my mother and I moved out to the Jersey Shore. As I grew up, I really loved music of all kinds. I was constantly whistling, singing, fiddling around with tape recorders. At age nine I began to take clarinet lessons, and soon joined my elementary-school concert band. Over the years, I picked up numerous instruments -- sax, keyboard, and my greatest love, the guitar. I played in rock bands in high school, and actual gigged for money and wrote songs during my years at Columbia University.

The child of two writers, I had always been a good writer myself, but had never thought of pursuing a career in the field -- and certainly not as a music critic! After college graduation, I got a job in city government, then in university administration, and was admitted to M.P.A. programs at Columbia and NYU. As the time approached for me to start grad school, though, I realized it just wasn't what I wanted to do. I left my job, took a few months off, and then started temping in the corporate world to build some cash flow while I "found myself." It finally dawned on me to try merging the two things I loved and was best at -- music and writing. I tried my hand at some freelance album reviews, and very quickly was published. However, I left that discovery on the shelf for a couple of years while taking care of mundane things. Now, as the millennium and my 30th birthday loom, I feel a strong pull to do what I love once and for all. So, I've made a decision to go ahead full-blast and full-time as a rock critic. I currently live in Boro Park, Brooklyn, with my wonderful wife and our sweet adorable chocolate labrador. ~ David L. Kent-Abbott

Desert Island Discs (in alphabetical order):

A Different Kind of Tension/Buzzcocks

American Beauty/Grateful Dead

Are You Experienced?/Jimi Hendrix Experience

Astral Weeks/Van Morrison

Bleach/Nirvana

Blue/Joni Mitchell

Closer/Joy Division

Damaged/Black Flag

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables/Dead Kennedys

Harvest/Neil Young

Little Plastic Castle/Ani DiFranco

Natty Dread/Bob Marley

Nevermind/Nirvana

Nothing's Shocking/Jane's Addiction

Nowhere/Ride

Odelay/Beck

Paul's Boutique/The Beastie Boys

Pavement/entire catalog

Reckoning/R.E.M.

Ritual de lo Habitual/Jane's Addiction

Seamonsters/The Wedding Present

Smiths/entire catalog

Surfer Rosa/Pixies

The Stone Roses/The Stone Roses

Third/Bigstar

Unforgettable Fire/U2

Violent Femmes/Violent Femmes

White Album/The Beatles