Mikal Gilmore

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Mikal Gilmore (born February 9, 1951) is an American writer and music journalist. He was born in Portland, Oregon, to Frank and Bessie Gilmore.


In 1977, Gilmore's brother Gary, a convicted murderer, was the first person executed after the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. Mikal Gilmore's 1994 memoir, Shot in the Heart, details his relationship with Gary and their often troubled family, starting with the original Mormon settlers and continuing through to Gary's execution and its aftermath. Shot in the Heart received positive reviews, including a comment by New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani calling the book "[r]emarkable, astonishing...Shot in the Heart reads like a combination of Brothers Karamazov and a series of Johnny Cash ballads...chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming."[1] In 1994 Shot in the Heart won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize[2] and the National Book Critics Circle Award.[3]

Music writing[edit]

In the 1970s Gilmore began writing music articles and criticism for Rolling Stone.[4] In 1999, Gilmore's Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock and Roll was published by Anchor.[5] In July 2009 Gilmore released another book, Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and its Discontents. It was published by Free Press.[6]


  1. ^ "Shot in the Heart". Powell's Books. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Previous Winners: 1994 Book Prizes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mikal Gilmore". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (February 1999). Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock and Roll. Anchor Books. ISBN 9780385484367. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (July 2009). Stories Done. Free Press. ISBN 9780743287463. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 

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