June 25, 1951 |
New York City
|Occupation||Journalist, author, television personality, critic, columnist|
DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. He holds a PhD in American literature from Indiana University, and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work (Hal Leonard Publishing Co, 2005) and Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters (Duke University Press, 1998), and editor of Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture (Duke University Press, 1992) and "Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer" (Scribner, 2009). He co-edited the third editions of the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll and the Rolling Stone Album Guide. He collaborated with Clive Davis on Davis's autobiography, "The Soundtrack of My Life," which was published by Simon and Schuster in February 2013 and rose to number two on the "New York Times" nonfiction best-seller list. He is currently working on a biography of Lou Reed for Little, Brown.
DeCurtis's essay accompanying the Eric Clapton box set Crossroads won a Grammy in the "Best Album Notes" category, and on three occasions he has won ASCAP's Deems Taylor awards for excellence in writing about music. He has appeared as a commentator on MTV, VH1, the Today Show and many other news and entertainment programs. In 1996 he served as the moderator on the VH1 show Four on the Floor and as editorial director for the channel's nonfiction programming. He has served as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee for more than twenty years.
From 2006 through June 2008 he directed and helped design the arts-and-culture curriculum at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He was an editorial consultant and the primary interviewer for "Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound," a documentary for PBS American Masters. In 2015, DeCurtis joined The 14th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.   He was also a judge for the 7th, 8th, 9th,10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Independent Music Awards.