Alan Light

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Alan Light has been covering the music industry for more than 25 years. Currently, he is the co-host of the daily music talk show “Debatable” and the monthly interview series “In the Light” on SiriusXM. He is also the director of programming for the PBS concert series “Live from the Artists Den.”

Light began his career as a senior writer at Rolling Stone. He was the founding music editor and subsequently editor-in-chief of Vibe. He later served as editor-in-chief of Spin and of Tracks. His writing has also appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Pitchfork and Mojo. He is a two-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism.

His many books include “Johnny Cash; The Life And Legacy of The Man in Black” and “Let’s Go Crazy: Prince And The Making Of Purple Rain.” He has written liner notes for numerous albums and is also the writer of “The Searcher,” an HBO documentary about Elvis Presley.

Light holds a B.A. from Yale University, where he wrote his senior thesis on the Beastie Boys. He is a member of the nominating committee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.