Timothy White (writer)

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Timothy White
Born(1952-01-25)January 25, 1952
DiedJune 27, 2002(2002-06-27) (aged 50)
OccupationJournalist and Editor
Known forAmerican rock music journalist

Timothy White (January 25, 1952 – June 27, 2002) was a noted American rock music journalist and editor.

White began his journalism career as a writer for the Associated Press, but soon gravitated towards music writing. He was an editor for the rock magazine Crawdaddy in the late 1970s and a senior editor for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1980s, where he wrote an article detailing the destruction of Bob Hope's face in a logging accident when Hope was in his teens, accounting for Hope's unusual nose and jaw.[1] White was editor-in-chief of Billboard from 1991 until his death at age 50 of a heart attack in 2002.[2]

White wrote several music-related biographies, including books on The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and James Taylor, as well as several collections of columns and short pieces.

He also hosted and co-produced a nationally syndicated radio series, "Timothy White's Rock Stars/The Timothy White Sessions".[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1983
  • Rock stars, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 1984
  • Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, Henry Holt & Co, 1990
  • The Nearest Far Away Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience, Henry Holt, NY, 1994
  • Music to My Ears: The Billboard Essays, Henry Holt & Company, New York, 1996
  • The Entertainers, Billboard Books, NY, 1998
  • Mellencamp: Paintings and Reflections, Harper Perennial, 1998
  • James Taylor Long Ago and Far Away, Omnibus Press, 2001
  • The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem, 2000


  1. ^ "Bob Hope Reflects on the Road Not Taken". Rolling Stone. March 20, 1980. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "Timothy White, 50; Editor Revolutionized Billboard Magazine". latimes. June 28, 2002. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Timothy White, 1952–2002". Stereophile. June 30, 2002. Retrieved August 3, 2011.