Anthony DeCurtis

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Anthony DeCurtis
DeCurtis in 2011
Born (1951-06-25) June 25, 1951 (age 72)
New York City
Occupation(s)Journalist, author, television personality, critic, columnist

Anthony DeCurtis (born June 25, 1951) is an American author and music critic, who has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Relix and many other publications.


DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. He holds a bachelor from Hunter College in 1974 and a Ph.D in American literature from Indiana University Bloomington in 1981 and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 appears in Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary based on the book that will open the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. His biography of Lou Reed, titled Lou Reed: A Life, was published by Little, Brown on 10 October 2017.

DeCurtis's essay accompanying the 1988 Eric Clapton box set Crossroads won a Grammy Award 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. DeCurtis appeared in the 2011 documentary Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals which was featured on BBC and described as “The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica”.[1][2]

In 2015, DeCurtis joined the judging panel of the 14th annual Independent Music Awards to assist independent musicians' careers.[3] [4] [5] He was a judge for the 7th, 8th,[6] 9th,[7] 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Independent Music Awards.



  • In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work Milwaukee, WI : Leonard, 2005. ISBN 9780634066559, OCLC 218030781
  • Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters , Durham : Duke University Press, 1998. ISBN 9780822321842, OCLC 37519530
  • Lou Reed : a life New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ISBN 9780316376556, OCLC 1028612746



  1. ^ “Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul”. BBC Four (documentary). Directed by George Scott. United Kingdom. 2011. 59 minute. Retrieved 15 December 2016. [1]
  2. ^ Tootsandthemaytals. "Toots & The Maytals - Reggae Got Soul - Documentary Trailer." YouTube. YouTube, 15 August 2013. Web. 15 December 2016. [2]
  3. ^ Independent Music Awards
  4. ^ MicControl Archived June 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ Independent Music Awards – Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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