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Alan Light

Alan Light dedicated his career to writing about music and has become a leading voice in contemporary music criticism. He has written and edited for some of the biggest music publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin (where he was editor-in-chief), and Vibe (where he was both the founder and editor-in-chief). He has also contributed to music journalism in longform and is the author of a five nonfiction works about some of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years. He is the author of The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys (2005); The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012); Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain (2014); What Happened, Miss Simone? (2016), and he cowrote My Cross to Bear with Gregg Allman.

Excerpt from My Cross to Bear

"How David Bowie Brought Thin White Duke to Life on Station to Station"