Alan Light

Alan Light (born August 4, 1966)[1][2] is an American journalist who has been a rock critic for Rolling Stone and the editor-in-chief for both Vibe and Spin.[3]

Alan Light
BornAugust 4, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationJournalist, author, editor
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materYale University
SubjectMusic
Years active1990–present

Early life

Light grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended Cincinnati Country Day School. His mother was a dance reviewer for the local newspaper. He graduated from Yale University in 1988, majoring in American Studies, and wrote his senior thesis on Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys.[4]

Career

Light had been an intern at Rolling Stone during their 20th anniversary year while still a student.[1] He later joined the staff as a fact checker in 1989, becoming a senior writer in 1990.[1][5] In 1993, he became the founding music editor of Vibe magazine, becoming editor-in-chief in 1994.[5] In 1999 he became editor-in-chief for Spin magazine.[6] He left Spin in March 2002.[7] He then worked as music reviewer on radio station WFUV, and served as music correspondent on NPR show Weekend America.[7] He writes regularly for The New York Times.[8]

Light has worked as consultant for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.[7] He was a judge for the 4th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2005,[9] and subsequently for the 11th, 12th and 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Starting in 2016 Light is one of the mainstay hosts of the newly created Volume music talk channel on Sirius XM.

Light has also been involved in assisting homeless people with the Housing Works AIDS charity.[1][10]

Selected bibliography

References

  1. ^ a b c d Maniaci, Paul (August 27, 2006). "Alan Light Music Journalist". TheCareerCookbook.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Kaminer, Michael (August 15, 2012). "Gregg Allman's Ghost Writer". The Jewish Daily Forward. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Inoue, Todd (April 18, 2002). "Licensed to Edit". Metroactive Arts. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Arzoian, Rebecca (November 17, 2006). "Alum Light tops music mag world". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on May 12, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Light, Alan". Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2014. During early career, worked as a freelancer, as a fact checker for periodicals Village Voice and 7 Days in New York, NY; Rolling Stone (music magazine), senior writer, 1990–93; Vibe (music magazine), founding music editor, 1993, editor in chief, 1994–97; Spin (music magazine), editor, beginning 1999; cofounder and editor in chief, Tracks Magazine.
  6. ^ Ward, Steven; Woods, Scott. "Still Able to See the Light – Spin Editor Defines His Territory". RockCritics.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2004. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Alan Light". Center for Communication. 2006. Archived from the original on July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (December 9, 2012). "Time Passes, but a Song's Time Doesn't – 'The Holy or the Broken' by Alan Light". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "4th Annual Judges". Independent Music Awards. Archived from the original on November 12, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Community Story: Alan Light, Board Cochair, Housing Works Bookstore Café". Housing Works. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved December 12, 2009.

External links

Anjani

Anjani Thomas (born July 10, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist, best known for her work with singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as well as Carl Anderson, Frank Gambale, and Stanley Clarke. She became a solo artist in 2000.

Comics Buyer's Guide

Comics Buyer's Guide (CBG; ISSN 0745-4570), established in 1971, was the longest-running English-language periodical reporting on the American comic book industry. It awarded its annual Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards from 1982–2008, with the first awards announced in #500 (June 17, 1983). The publication ceased with the March 2013 issue. The magazine was headquartered in Iola, Wisconsin.

Dee Barnes

Dee Barnes (stage name Sista D) is an American rapper and former television personality who performed in the West Coast Hip Hop female duo Body & Soul and hosted a radio show on KDAY, prior to gaining wider fame as the host of Fox’s hip hop show Pump It Up!.

Body & Soul’s 1989 debut single "Dance to the Drummer’s Beat", released on Los Angeles-based record label, heavily sampled the Herman Kelly and Life song of the same name. Its b-side, "Hi-Powered", was produced by Def Jef. The same year another track produced by Def Jef would be released: "We Can Do This", on the label showcase This Is Delicious – Eat to the Beat. Body & Soul’s greatest recording would apparently be their last—as part of the Dr. Dre-produced West Coast Rap All-Stars and their 1990 posse cut, "We’re All in the Same Gang", which earned them a Grammy Award nomination.

In 1992, Barnes hosted the hip-hop special Sisters in the Name of Rap, a 75-minute revue of live performances taped at the Ritz in New York. The show featured an all female line up with such artists as Queen Latifah and MC Lyte.

East Coast hip hop

East Coast hip hop is a regional subgenre of hip hop music that originated in New York City during the late 1970s. Hip hop is recognized to have originated and evolved first in The Bronx, New York; East Coast hip hop only became a distinct subgenre after artists from other regions of the United States emerged with different styles. In contrast to other styles, East Coast hip hop music has prioritized complex lyrics for attentive listening rather than beats for dancing. The main components of hip hop culture from that time and still today are MC'ing, DJ'ing, break dancing, and graffiti.

Flashback

Flashback or flashbacks may refer to:

Flashback (narrative), in literature and dramatic media, an interjected scene or point that takes the narrative back in time from the current point

Flashback episode, an episode of a television series that consists primarily of excerpts from previous episodes

Flashback (psychology), in which a memory is suddenly and unexpectedly revisited

Acid flashback, a reported psychological phenomenon in which an individual experiences an episode of some of LSD's subjective effects long after the drug has worn off

Flashback (welding), a dangerous hazard of using an oxyacetylene torch

Flashback arrestor, a device most commonly used in oxy-fuel welding and cutting to stop the flame from burning back up into the equipment

Freestyle rap

Freestyle is a style of improvisation with or without instrumental beats, in which lyrics are recited with no particular subject or structure. It is similar to other improvisational music, such as jazz, where a lead instrumentalist acts as an improviser with a supporting band providing a beat. Improv/freestyles are improvised in this way.

Gary Groth

Gary Groth (born September 18, 1954) is an American comic book editor, publisher and critic. He is editor-in-chief of The Comics Journal and a co-founder of Fantagraphics Books.

La Boheme (1961 film)

La Boheme is a 1961 Australian TV play, a film of Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It was directed by Alan Burke.

Letter (message)

A letter is one person's written message to another pertaining to some matter of common concern. Letters have several different types: Formal letters and informal letters. Letters contribute to the protection and conservation of literacy. Letters have been sent since antiquity and are mentioned in the Iliad. Both Herodotus and Thucydides mention letters in their histories.

Love and Happiness

"Love and Happiness" is a 1972 song by Al Green from his album I'm Still in Love with You. Green co-wrote the song with Teenie Hodges. It was released as a single in the United Kingdom on London Records in 1973 and in the United States on Hi Records in 1977. It has been covered by Etta James, Al Jarreau, and many other performers.

The song was rated #98 in Rolling Stones's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #861 in Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. Soul Train historian Stephen McMillian called it "quintessential Al Green" and "one of the greatest soul songs of all time." Writing in Vibe, Alan Light called it "perhaps his most perfect song."

Matt LeBlanc

Matthew Steven LeBlanc (; born July 25, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and television host. He received international recognition for his portrayal of dim-witted, yet well- intentioned womaniser Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004. For his work on Friends, LeBlanc received three Emmy Award nominations. LeBlanc has also starred as a fictionalized version of himself in the BBC/Showtime comedy series Episodes (2011–2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award and received four additional Emmy Award nominations. Since 2016, LeBlanc has hosted the BBC series Top Gear. He plays Adam Burns in the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan since 2016.

My Cross to Bear

My Cross to Bear is an autobiographic memoir of American songwriter-musician Gregg Allman, co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band. It was written by Allman and American journalist Alan Light. The book was published by William Morrow and Company on May 1, 2012. The book's title stems from the Allman Brothers Band song "It's Not My Cross to Bear" (1969). Allman first began keeping a journal in the 1980s, with the intention to possibly write a memoir at some point. He worked with Light to use that, as well as new and old interviews to create the book.

The book chronicles Allman's life and career in music, including his beginnings with the Allman Joys and Hour Glass, finding success and later reforming the Allman Brothers Band, his solo career and albums, and his marriage to pop star Cher. A large portion of the book candidly details the drug and alcohol abuse he dealt with for much of his life. It also covers Allman's brother Duane, his death in a motorcycle crash, and how it affected him.

Upon its May 2012 release, My Cross to Bear achieved high critical reviews, with many praising its tone and honesty. The book was optioned for a feature film, Midnight Rider, which was eventually cancelled after a train accident on set caused the death of a member of the crew.

Prima Donna (film)

Prima Donna is a 1959 TV play broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It was an adaptation of an opera by Arthur Benjamin and was directed by Alan Burke. It was the first of several operas Burke would direct.

Remember the Time

"Remember the Time" is a 1992 single by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. It was released by Epic Records on January 14, 1992, as the second single from Jackson's eighth studio album, Dangerous. The song was written and composed by Teddy Riley, Jackson and Bernard Belle, and produced by Riley and Jackson. "Remember the Time" was a successful attempt by Jackson to create a dance-oriented, new jack swing-flavored jam with the assistance of co-producer Riley. The song's lyrics are written about remembering having fallen in love with someone.

"Remember the Time" was generally well received by contemporary critics. The song was commercially successful, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart. Internationally, the song was a top ten hit in nine countries, peaking at number one in New Zealand, at two in Spain and three in the United Kingdom. A nine-minute music video directed by John Singleton, marketed as a "short film", was released for the song. The video is set in Ancient Egypt and features appearances of Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Iman, Tommy "Tiny" Lister and Magic Johnson.

The Abduction from the Seraglio (film)

The Abduction from the Seraglio is a 1961 Australian TV play, a filmed version of the opera of the same name.

The Diving Board

The Diving Board is the twenty-ninth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John. It is the second of his studio releases since 1979's Victim of Love without any of his regular band members. The album was released in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2013, and debuted at No. 3 on the UK album chart, his highest-charting studio album in that country since 2001's Songs from the West Coast, and at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It is also his highest-charting solo album in the United States since Blue Moves in 1976. However, after just eight weeks the album fell off the charts completely.

The album's premiere single, "Home Again", was released on 24 June 2013, the same day the album became available for pre-order. On 28 August 2013, a video for "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" was released on YouTube.

The Holy or the Broken

The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah' is a 2012 non-fiction book written by Alan Light.

Vibe (magazine)

Vibe is an American music and entertainment magazine founded by producer Quincy Jones. The publication predominantly features R&B and hip hop music artists, actors and other entertainers. After shutting down production in Summer 2009, Vibe was purchased by the private equity investment fund InterMedia Partners and is now issued bi-monthly with double covers, with a larger online presence. The magazine's target demographic is predominantly young, urban followers of hip hop culture. In 2014, the magazine moved online-only.The magazine owed its success to featuring a broader range of interests than its closest competitors The Source and XXL which focus more narrowly on rap music, or the rock and pop-centric Rolling Stone and Spin.

WFUV

WFUV (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial radio station licensed to New York City. The station is owned by Fordham University, with studios on its Bronx campus and its antenna atop nearby Montefiore Medical Center. WFUV first went on the air in 1947. Its air staff has included radio veterans Dennis Elsas, Vin Scelsa and Pete Fornatale.

WFUV broadcasts in HD.

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.