Gavin Edwards (writer)

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Gavin Edwards
Occupation Author, journalist
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Subject Music, pop culture
Years active 1990–present
Spouse Jennifer Edwards

Gavin Edwards is an American writer. A contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he is also the author of nine books, including the 2013 biography of River Phoenix, Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind and the New York Times bestseller VJ:The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave.[1][2][3] Edwards has written four books on mondegreens and has contributed to The New York Times and Wired, among other publications.[4]


Edwards was born in New York to Scilla and James Edwards, he graduated from Yale University in 1990 with a BA in English.[5]

Focused primarily on music, Edwards began working as a contributing editor and associate editor at Details in 1991; in 1999, he began writing for Rolling Stone, where, as a contributing editor, he has written 12 cover stories.[6][7]

Edwards published his first book of misheard lyrics in 1995. Titled 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, it was published by Touchstone Books.[8][9] Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, which Edwards wrote with Travis Barker, was released in October 2015.[10]

Edwards' latest book, The Tao of Bill Murray, consists of a brief biography of Bill Murray, a 106-page filmography of 59 films, and a breakdown of the "10 Principals of Bill," a "kind of existentialist/Zen mashup that preaches a heightened awareness of the present."[11][12]

Edwards and his wife, curator Jennifer Sudul Edwards, live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their two sons.[5][13]


  • The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing; Random House; September 2016. ISBN 9780812998702
  • Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums Drums Drums (by Travis Barker with Gavin Edwards); HarperCollins; October 2015
  • Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind; It Books; October 2013
  • VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave (with Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn); Atria Books; May 2013
  • Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?: Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed; Three Rivers Press; August 2006
  • Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly: And Other Misheard Christmas Lyrics; HarperPerennial; October 1998
  • When a Man Loves a Walnut: And Even More Misheard Lyrics; Fireside; November 1997
  • He's Got the Whole World in his Pants: And More Misheard Lyrics; Fireside; November 1996
  • 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: And Other Misheard Lyrics; Fireside; April 1995


  1. ^ Jupp, Emily (November 27, 2013). "Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind, By Gavin Edwards: Book review". The Independent. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Lopez, Korina (October 22, 2013). "About 'Last Night,' the story of River Phoenix". USA Today. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Best Sellers (Hardcover Nonfiction)". New York Times. May 26, 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Garner, Eric (August 27, 2009). Garner's Modern American Usage. Oxford University Press. p. 546. ISBN 0195382757. The leading books on the subject are by Gavin Edwards. 
  5. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Jennifer Sudul, Gavin Edwards". New York Times. May 26, 2002. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Gavin. "Archives". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Martin, Rachel (October 27, 2013). "Author Interviews: Gavin Edwards". National Public Radio. NPR. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Picks and Pans staff (May 22, 1995). "Picks and Pans Review: 'scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy and Other Misheard Lyrics". People Magazine. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (July 20, 2012). "Canceled Berets, Cross-Eyed Bears and Other Enduring Mondegreens". New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Us Weekly Staff (October 16, 2015). "Travis Barker Details Harrowing Plane Crash in New Book". Us. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Teetor, Paul (August 29, 2016). "10 Ways to Live Life Like Bill Murray". Los Angeles Weekly. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Tao of Bill Murray". Kirkus Reviews. July 19, 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Washburn, Mark (May 24, 2015). "Curator as Dynamo". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 5 October 2015.