Colleague Remembers a ‘Great Anarchist of New Journalism’

Be sure to read David Felton’s wonderful essay in Rolling Stone about friend and former magazine colleague Charles M. Young, who passed away Monday after a long, courageous battle with cancer.


Felton first met Young in 1977, when Rolling Stone moved its main office from San Francisco to New York. By that time, Felton had been contributing to RS for several years:

Chuck and I hit it off right away. We admired each other’s good writing and bad work habits. We scoffed at deadlines. And we developed other bad habits.

He introduced me to the Dead Boys and a band called Steel Tips whose leader blew himself up with firecrackers. Chuck showed me how he could shoot beer through his teeth. Across the room. And we made fools of ourselves at the office Christmas party. Thus by 1980, Chuck and I were out of work and out of funds.

From there, these two friends-for-life found their way to sobriety, an Upper West Side AA meeting organized by Young (“Cadillacs For Everyone”) and more. Young’s last listed contribution to Rolling Stone is a 2012 piece about KISS. RIP.