James Greer

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James Greer
James greer.jpg
Born 1971
Boston, MA
Residence Los Angeles, CA
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter, musician, critic
Years active 1991-present
Website jamesgreer.net

James Greer is an American novelist, screenwriter, musician, and critic, born in 1971. He lives in Los Angeles.[1]

Career as a musician/critic[edit]

Greer was Senior Editor and Senior Writer at Spin[2][3][4][5] magazine in NYC in the early 90s.[6] He then moved to Dayton, Ohio, where in 1994 he joined the influential Indie rock band Guided By Voices, contributing bass guitar and vocals to the albums Alien Lanes (Matador, 1995) and Under the Bushes Under the Stars (Matador, 1996) and touring extensively across the U.S. and in Europe.[7][8] Greer wrote and recorded the song "Trendspotter Acrobat" for the Guided By Voices EP Sunfish Holy Breakfast, released by Matador Records on November 19, 1996.[9]

He was engaged to Kim Deal of the Pixies/Breeders[10][11] from 1991 until their break-up in 1996.

Greer started a new band in 2012 with French musician Lola G. called DTCV.[12] In April 2016 the band released its fourth studio album, entitled Confusion Moderne, on Xemu Records.[13] Later that year Steven Soderbergh directed his first music video for the band's song "Histoire seule,"[14] and the band continues to record and tour prolifically. A new single are due on Slimer Records to celebrate their European tour.[15]

Career as a novelist/author[edit]

Greer has published two novels, Artificial Light (Little House on the Bowery/Akashic, 2006)[16][17][18] and The Failure (Akashic, 2010).[19][20][21] Artificial Light won a California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction.[22] Noted American novelist Dennis Cooper has written about Greer's latest novel that "James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha. I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book's first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central, overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip. This is one stunning piece of work."[23]

Greer also wrote a biography of Guided By Voices, Guided By Voices: A Brief History (Black Cat/Grove Press, 2005).[24][25]

In 2013 Greer released his first book of short fiction, titled Everything Flows, via Curbside Splendor. Publisher Weekly said of the book [26] "Halfway between the mind of God and a vivid dream, Everything Flows is proof that there remain new places to go, both on paper and in the known universe."

Career as a screenwriter[edit]

Greer has written or co-written several movies, including Max Keeble's Big Move[27][28] (Disney, 2001), Just My Luck[29][30] (20th Century Fox, 2006) starring Lindsay Lohan, the Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door[31][32] (Lion's Gate, 2010) and the forthcoming Cleo[33][34][35][36][37] (2012), a rock musical directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In March 2013, Steven Soderbergh announced he was working on a 12-hour version of John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor. The book was adapted for Soderbergh by Greer.[38]


  1. ^ "James Greer is comfy under the magnifying glass in new band Détective". www.denverpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Article in Stereogum discussing a 1992 issue of ''Spin'' and Greer's contributions". Stereogum.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Alvarez, Alex (March 8, 2010). "Article in FishBowl New York discussing Greer's participation in Spin's 25th Anniversary Issue". Mediabistro.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "''Spin'' article discussing "former Spin editor" Greer's participation in Steven Soderbergh's ''Cleo''". Spin.com. April 29, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Crew, Adrienne (August 8, 2006). "Interview in LAist discussing Greer's "influence on a generation of music journalists"". Laist.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Article in Cincinnati's ''CityBeat'' discussing Greer's career at ''Spin'', tenure in GBV, projects with Soderbergh, etc". Citybeat.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Guided By Voices biography in AllMusic". Allmusic.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Official Guided By Voices site". Gbv.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Detailed song information at GBVDB – Guided By Voices Database". Gbvdb.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Article in the Boston Phoenix clarifying Greer's relationship with Kim Deal". Thephoenix.com. January 23, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ Patrick, Michael (April 22, 2010). "Article in the Long Island Press discussing Greer's career at Spin, relationship to Kim Deal, and tenure in Guided By Voices". Longislandpress.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "DTCV AllMusic Biography". AllMusic.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Consequence of Sound Advance Stream of Confusion Moderne". consequenceofsound.net. April 1, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Pitchfork article on Soderbergh's DTCV video". Pitchfork.com. April 12, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ "DTCV ready new LP". 
  16. ^ Jaime-Becerra, Michael (October 8, 2006). "Los Angeles Times review of Artificial Light". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ Scoville, Sheila. "Ink 19 review of ''Artificial Light''". Ink19.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  18. ^ Willamette Week review of Artificial Light
  19. ^ Baron, Zach (March 24, 2010). "Review of ''The Failure'' in the Village Voice". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ "KQED review of ''The Failure''". Kqed.org. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Publisher's Weekly Review of ''The Failure''". Publishersweekly.com. November 9, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ Official California Book Awards Site Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "Indie | Literary | Books". Akashicbooks.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  24. ^ david (January 31, 2005). "Large Hearted Boy review of GBV biography". Largeheartedboy.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Review of Greer's GBV biography in Bookforum". Bookforum.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Everything Flows by James Greer". 
  27. ^ "Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun-Times of ''Max Keeble's Big Move''". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. October 5, 2001. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  28. ^ Max Keeble's Big Move IMDB page
  29. ^ Chang, Justin (May 11, 2006). "Variety review of ''Just My Luck''". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  30. ^ Just My Luck IMDB page
  31. ^ "Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun-Times of ''The Spy Next Door''". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. January 13, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  32. ^ The Spy Next Door IMDB page
  33. ^ Olsen, Mark (January 29, 2006). "New York Times article discussing Greer's involvement in Soderbergh's Cleo". The New York Times. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  34. ^ Thompson, Paul (December 3, 2008). "Pitchfork news item discussing Cleo and Greer's involvement". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  35. ^ "MTV article discussing Cleo and Greer". Moviesblog.mtv.com. October 24, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  36. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (October 23, 2008). "Variety article discussing Cleo and Greer's involvement". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  37. ^ Thomson, Katherine (January 2, 2009). "Huffington Post article discussing Cleo". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  38. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (April 2, 2013). "Steven Soderbergh's 12-hour John Barth adaptation, via James Greer". Los Angeles Times. 

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