Bill Flanagan

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Photos: Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Honoring Steve Smith & the Nakeds, the Cowsills, Paul Geremia, Bill Flanagan, and more
 The Class of 2013 induction ceremony
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  May 03, 2013

Hear here: A local symphony

The sophomore class: the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees
The sophomore class: the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2013


American Gothic was a subterranean shithole bar known for its existentially tortured clientele and extreme indifference to the minimum drinking age.
Excerpted from the novel by Michael  Atchison
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  August 17, 2012

Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010

Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010

30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008


It’s a family affair

You'd think from the title that New Bedlam is committed to the broadly satirical.
New Bedlam offers a different kind of reality TV
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2007

Local color

Bill Flanagan certainly had a lot of himself and Rhode Island to bring to his second novel.
Bill Flanagan’s TV eye shines in New Bedlam
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2007

Tumult at the Town Beach

An interesting brouhaha involving a bit of homophobia has emerged in Narragansett.
Superior denizen bites back after metaphoric sand-kicking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 22, 2007