and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob
On this our 224th episode, our guest is Tom Maxwell.
In the 1990s, Tom was a member of the hot jazz indie band Squirrel Nut Zippers and wrote their hit song “Hell,” which peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and propelled the band to multi-platinum status. The Zippers were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2021. After Tom left the Zippers, he composed for television and motion pictures.
Now Tom is a writer who
specializes in creative nonfiction with an emphasis on music and
musicians. He has contributed to Longreads,
Al Jazeera America, Salon, Slate, The Oxford American, The Bitter
Southerner, Tape Op, and
others. He is a faculty member of the North Carolina Writers Guild
and a contributor to the National Recording Registry of the Library
Along with his partner Brooklyn, Tom is the creator of Shelved, an Audible podcast produced by Gunpowder & Sky. He is currently writing A Really Strange and Wonderful Time, a nonfiction book about the '90s Chapel Hill music scene to be published by the Hachette Book Group in 2024.
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