There arenâ€™t many who have fished Ozzy Osbourne out of a Las Vegas casino fountain and
hung out with members of the rock group Kiss when few knew what they looked like without kabuki makeup, but veteran entertainment writer and music critic Carl Arrington has done that and much more.
Arrington, who will visit UND April 20-21 as a guest of the Communication Program, has written cover stories on Michael Jackson and Madonna for People magazine, as well as major profiles on Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, the Beach Boys, Carrie Fisher and Sylvester Stallone. He has traveled with and reported on major rock acts for People, Rolling Stone and the Detroit Free Press. In recent years, he has written for entertainment websites and worked as a graphic artist.
On Wednesday, April 20, at 11 a.m., Arrington will be a guest speaker in Kimberly Cowden’s Writing for Public Relations class in 216 Merrifield Hall. That evening at 7 p.m., he will speak in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room. Free pizza will be provided.
On Thursday, April 21, Arrington will be a guest speaker in two classes at UND. Â The first is Richard Shafer’s Communication 103 class at 9:30 a.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall. He will then speak to Stephen Rendahl’s Media and Society class at 11 a.m. in O’Kelly Hall, room 1. Extra seating in the classrooms should be available.
Shafer has known Arrington since they were on the newspaper staff at Utah State University. They became friends as travel writers when they hitchhiked from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island over a two month period in the summer of 1970.
A native of Logan, Utah, Arrington has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Salt Lake City and New York City. He has served as the managing editor of the heavy metal magazine Circus and editorial content director for the pioneering website Entertaindom. He was also the movie critic of Entertainment Asylum.
â€œI was always very ambitious,â€ he told UND communication student Julie Bech. â€œAll I wanted to do was study celebrity and be close to fame. That takes a certain amount of obsession; you have to love what you do.â€
Arrington has become known for his innovative and daring journalistic work, which includes spending a week living in a home for Alzheimerâ€™s patients when little was known about the disease to write about a clinic in Arizona. But he is perhaps most recognized as a â€œconfidant and comradeâ€ to some of the worldâ€™s biggest rock stars.
Arringtonsâ€™s 1981 interview with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
Richard Shafer, professor
UND Department of English