Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Cameron wrote this, a youth-demographic pile of pulp which few people in L.A. ever seriously considered a work of non-fiction.

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Third spud from the sun: Cameron Crowe then and now

Mr. C. Crowe was not one of rock-crit’s TOP TWENTY-FIVE figures.

By the time Cameron showed up, Rolling Stone was little more than a highwater marker for self-effacing, slave-drudge careerism: the most conspicuous place, nationally, to have your copy butchered, your ideas reshaped to fit the moment’s market-driven party line.

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