Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Longform/Music/Sports Journalist

Former Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporter for Cleveland Scene, write news/policy cover stories & music features at magazines and alt-weeklies nationwide.

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From Folk to Fake

The last decade has witnessed an explosion in vérité entertainment. Reality is the media darling. Memoirs have been sucked right up into this, particularly redemptive autobiographies. In the case of James Frey’s bestselling tale of addiction, A Million Little Pieces, the events of his life required “embellishment” (his word), and possibly wholesale manufacture, according a recent exposé. Of course, Frey’s publisher didn’t fail to see that the book was more marketable if people believed it was true.
While music doesn’t possess the same hard division between fiction and reality, this hasn’t prevented authenticity from being an issue.

Face Off by Chris Parker - Seattle Music - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

Face Off by Chris Parker - Seattle Music - The Stra...