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From Rock Critic To Rock Band: Joan Anderman's Midlife Plunge12:46
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Joan Anderman (front, center) with the rest of her band, Field Day. (Courtesy Joan Anderman)
Joan Anderman (front, center) with the rest of her band, Field Day. (Courtesy Joan Anderman)
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Joan Anderman had what she called "a dream job," the kind "that made people smile...and ask if they actually paid her to do it." For many years she was a rock critic, ending up at The Boston Globe. But after 25 years of deadlines, she says her passionate affair with music and words had become "a dreary marriage."

So, 50 years old, she quit her day job and formed a rock band. Now, instead of writing about music, she writes her own, plays guitar, sings and performs at music clubs around Boston.

Joan Anderman will be performing with her band, Field Day, at the Lizard Lounge Tuesday July 21 and Tuesday July 28.

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Joan Anderman, former rock critic for The Boston Globe. She's now singer, songwriter and guitar player for the band Field Day. She tweets @middlemojo.

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The Boston Globe Magazine: Bold Or Crazy? At 50, I Quit My Job To Join A Band

  • "Thirty years ago I lacked the courage and vision to chase my dream of being a musician. Instead I became an observer, pouring my passion for pop songs onto the page. I’m braver now — maybe because I understand that I’m going to die and want nothing more than to go into that good night with a backbeat and a killer middle eight."

This segment aired on July 21, 2015.

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