|Born||June 3, 1966|
|Genres||Alternative rock, power pop|
Bill Janovitz (born June 3, 1966) is an American musician and writer. He is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter of alternative rock band Buffalo Tom, and has also released three solo albums. Janovitz has written extensively for Allmusic, authored the Exile on Main St. book for the 33⅓ series, and contributed to Boston Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, and Post Road magazine.
After enrolling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Janovitz formed Buffalo Tom with fellow students Chris Colbourn and Tom Maginnis. A friendship with J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. helped the band's career to take off, with Mascis producing the band's first two albums to critical acclaim. Commercial success followed with their subsequent records as the band developed a fanbase both at home and abroad.
He continued to work with Aiken and released the album Fireworks on TV! as Crown Victoria (also including Tom Polce on drums and Josh Lattanzi on bass) in 2004.
Bill took many of the songs he wrote with his bar-band/side project The Bathing Beauties (featuring Tanya Donelly of Belly, Dean Fisher, Phil Aiken, Chris Toppin and Paul Kolderie) and put out a CD under the name Show People with Toppin.
Beginning in November 2008, Bill, as part of his Part Time Man of Rock blog, started a Cover of the Week project, featuring new recording of cover songs along with lengthy essays detailing his relationship with each of the songs. Some of these articles detail Bill's career in music, but many connect deeply to his personal life.
Janovitz's book Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones was released in July 2013.
Personal life and family
Bill has a younger brother Paul, who founded the band Cold Water Flat.
- Lonesome Billy (1997)
- Up Here (2001)
- Fireworks on TV! (as Crown Victoria, 2004)
- Walt Whitman Mall (2013)
- Bracy, Timothy. "Bill Janovitz on the Temperament of the Red Sox Fan Over Time". The L Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
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- "Rocks Off". MacMillan. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
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- Deming, Mark. "AllMusic Review Up Here". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
- Beaudoin, Jedd. "'Rocks Off' Offers a Compelling Glimpse at the Life of the Stones". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
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