Retro Review: Marshall Crenshaw’s Stunning Debut, 40 Years Ago

(l. to r.) Robert Crenshaw, Marshall, Chris Donato.
Crenshaw as Buddy Holly, with Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens.
Robert Gordon.
Cover for his second album, “Field Day.”
Crenshaw’s third LP, “Downtown.”
Is it possible that Crenshaw, one of the greatest songwriters alive, is still improving? “Passing Through,” from the album “Jaggedland,” makes a strong case for it.



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Garry Berman

Garry Berman


Pop Culture historian, Freelance Writer, Author, specializing in American comedy history in films, radio, and TV. Beatles and jazz enthusiast, animal lover.