Bill Flanagan

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Bill Flanagan
Flanagan at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame
Born (1955-01-14) January 14, 1955 (age 68)
Alma materBrown University

Bill Flanagan (born January 14, 1955)[citation needed] is an American author, television executive and radio host. He was born in Rhode Island and graduated from Brown University in 1977. His books include Written in My Soul (1986), Last of the Moe Haircuts (1986), U2 at the End of the World (1995), and the novels A&R (2000), New Bedlam (2007), Evening's Empire (2010), and Fifty in Reverse[1] (2020).

He is the screenwriter for the documentary Jimmy Carter: Rock n Roll President (August 2020)[2] and produced Audible's best-seller Breakshot: James Taylor[3] (2020) as well as Audible projects with St. Vincent: “St. Vincent: Words + Music”[4] and Smokey Robinson[5] (2020).

From 1995 until 2015 he was an executive at MTV Networks, retiring as Executive Vice President of the Viacom Music Group. As EVP/Editorial Director of MTV Networks, Flanagan oversaw the series VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads. He has also worked on VH1's Legends, VH1 Archives, Hotel MTV, and many other series and specials. He was one of the producers of The Concert for New York City after the September 11 attacks and has produced, co-produced, or executive produced two televised concerts from the White House; The Beatles Revolution for ABC; Elvis Lives for NBC; and VH1 specials with Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Springsteen, and Oprah Winfrey.

Flanagan currently hosts four series on Sirius XM Radio Channels - Flanagan's Wake[6] on Tom Petty Radio, Written In My Soul[7] on Volume, and The Fab Fourum[8] and Northern Songs[9] on the Beatles Channel.

Flanagan acts as Ombudsman of the Sundance Channel series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with.... He also appears on air as an essayist on CBS News Sunday Morning.

He has written for Rolling Stone,[10] The New York Times,[11] Esquire, Spy, Men's Journal, Vanity Fair, GQ, Commonweal, The New Yorker, and The Village Voice.


  1. ^ Fifty in Reverse. 2020-09-01. ISBN 978-1-9821-5267-3.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President | 2020 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  3. ^ Martoccio, Angie (2020-01-31). "James Taylor Drops Audio Memoir". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (2020-09-01). "St. Vincent on Melding 'Words + Music' for Audible, and Staying Creative Amid a Pandemic: 'I've Got a Loaded Magazine Clip, Waiting!'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  5. ^ Martoccio, Angie (2020-07-01). "St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson Announce New Audible Projects". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  6. ^ Burns, Andy. "Friends and fans to pay tribute to Tom Petty on his birthday". SiriusXM. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Written In My Soul hosted by Bill Flanagan brings fans closer to their favorite artists". SiriusXM. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Welcome to The Beatles experience you've been waiting for on SiriusXM". SiriusXM. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "The First Official Beatles Radio Channel Starts Now". The Beatles. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Flanagan, Bill (1998-10-15). "Q&A: Lyle Lovett". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  11. ^ Flanagan, Bill (2016-11-19). "Opinion | Is Rock 'n' Roll Dead, or Just Old?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-31.

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