Tales of Times Square

Tales of Times Square was originally published by Delacorte Press in 1986. It has remained in print through numerous editions. This podcast is derived from scratch tapes made during Josh's years embedded in depravity.

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Different editions of Tales.
Different editions of Tales.

Josh alan Friedman

(photo: Geof Kern)
(photo: Geof Kern)

Writer-guitarist Josh Alan Friedman was born in New York City in 1956. By 1987, he’d had enough and followed his wife to Texas, a year after Tales of Times Square—the subject of this podcast—was published.

The autobiographical novel, Black Cracker, tells the saga of his childhood being the only white boy at Long Island's last segregated school. Before that: Tell the Truth Until They Bleed, a wrenching collection of music profiles. When Sex Was Dirty, a follow-up to Tales.  I, Goldstein: My Screwed Life (with Al Goldstein). He co-edited (with Nile Southern) Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern. 

Josh also set off satirical fires as writer half of the Friedman Bros, the most feared cartooning duo of the late '70s and '80s. Two anthologies remain in print, featuring the art of Josh's brother, Drew FriedmanWarts and All and Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental.

On the music front, as "Josh Alan," he barnstormed the state of Texas for over 20 years, rocking whole arenas with his Guild D-40. Copping three Dallas Observer Music Awards for Best Acoustic Act, he released five albums: Famous & PoorThe Worst!, Blacks 'n' JewsJosh Alan Band, and his latest tour-de-force, Sixty Goddammit.   

Incidental music appears from Josh’s albums throughout the podcast.