Jimmy McDonough

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Jimmy McDonough

Jimmy McDonough is a journalist and biographer. He is perhaps best known for his biographies of Russ Meyer, Andy Milligan and Neil Young.[1] He is noted by critics for his remarkably exhaustive accounts and for his tendency to avoid romanticizing his subjects' lives. For this reason, he was described by The Times as "a literary Terminator".[2] In addition to the aforementioned biographies, McDonough has authored profiles on Jimmy Scott, Gary Stewart,[3] Hubert Selby, Jr., the Ormond family and Link Wray, among others. Over the span of his career he has written for a number of publications including: The Village Voice, Film Comment, Variety, and Juggs.

He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where he is dividing his time between 3D photography (his hobby) and writing.[citation needed] His latest work is his 2010 biography of Tammy Wynette.[4] McDonough assisted John Fogerty with his 2015 autobiography Fortunate Son and his biography of Al Green will be published in 2017.

McDonough is somewhat enigmatic about himself as revealed in a rare 2011 (internet conducted) interview with Jonathan Penner.[5]


  1. ^ McDonough, Jimmy (2002). Shakey: Neil Young's biography. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-42772-8. OCLC 47844513.  For an uncompromising online review of the Young biography by Slate magazine, see Weingarten, Marc (2002-05-24). "Bio Warfare". Slate. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Shakey: Neil Young's Biography". Anchor Books. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  3. ^ McDonough, Jimmy. "LITTLE JUNIOR, KING OF THE HONKY-TONKS The life and death of Gary Stewart". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Glock, Allison (March 3, 2010). "Book Review - 'Tammy Wynette - Tragic Country Queen,' by Jimmy McDonough". NYT. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Penner, Jonathan (June 24, 2011). "Ball of Fire: An Interview with Jimmy McDonough". Los Angeles Review of Books. 

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