Music journalist Alan Light '84 to speak here Oct. 19
Music journalist Alan Light '84 to speak here Oct. 19

Music journalist Alan Light, a 1984 graduate of Cincinnati Country Day School and this year's Distinguished Alumnus, will speak at the school as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities on Oct. 19. Head of School Tony Jaccaci will interview Light about his journey from his days at CCDS to his high-profile career successful career. The CCDSpeaks event is free and open to the public.

Light will talk about his career as a music journalist, author and co-host of the daily music talk show, "Debatable," on SiriusXM. The former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe and Spin magazines is currently a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone.

He has written several books, including, "The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah," which Kirkus Reviews named one of the best books of 2012, and "Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of 'Purple Rain,'" as well as books about Nina Simone, the Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash.

Light is also the co-author of Gregg Allman's best-selling memoir, "My Cross to Bear," which Rolling Stone and Billboard named one of the best rock & roll memoirs of all time. He was the writer of 2018's acclaimed two-part HBO documentary, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher."

The two-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism has interviewed and profiled hundreds of artists, including U2, Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Led Zeppelin, Taylor Swift and Tom Petty.

Light will speak at noon in Cincinnati Country Day School's Keeler Theater, 6905 Given Road, Indian Hill. Please RSVP by Oct. 16 at

Alan Light '84 has interviewed and profiled hundreds of musical artists, including Lady Gaga.