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Alan di Perna

Alan di Perna

Alan di Perna has been writing professionally and copiously about popular music and culture since 1980 for leading outlets that include Billboard, Creem, Musician, Rolling Stone,, Raygun, Keyboard, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado, Guitarist, Rock & Folk, the San Francisco Examiner Magazine and Yoga Journal. Born in Brooklyn, he came of age during the heady cultural explosion that was the psychedelic '60s and first emerged as a musician and writer amid the exuberant cross-genre hedonism of New York's early '80s post punk scene. His writing combines a musician's technical insight, a scholarly depth of critical acumen, a keen feel for cultural contexts and an engaging, streetwise style.

Books by Alan di Perna include Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits, Green Day: The Ultimate Illustrated History and Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar. The latter book (which Alan co-authored with his longtime colleague and former Guitar World EIC Brad Tolinski) became an inspiration for the 2019-20 exhibition Play It Loud: The Instruments of Rock and Roll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Met curator of musical instruments Jayson Dobney recruited Alan to write the lead essay for the exhibition catalog.

In the museum world, Alan has also served as a PR/curatorial consultant to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix and has written exhibit text for MIM, the Grammy Museum, the Heard Museum and the Fender Museum. Absolutely Freelance, since 1983, he has also penned reissue liner notes for CDs by Santana, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC and David Gilmour, not to mention reams of press releases, ad, marketing and website copy.

Widely syndicated internationally, Alan’s work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese and Korean.



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Hall & Oates, The Revillos, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Bruce Springsteen, The Who: Bob Clearmountain: Making the hard stuff look easy

Interview by Alan di Perna, Musician, July 1990

BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN exudes a calm, deliberate air as he moves around the cluttered interior of a recording truck parked outside L.A.'s Universal Amphitheatre. Politely negotiating ...

Ziggy Marley, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club: Clubbing It with the Tom Tom Club

Interview by Alan di Perna, Musician, July 1989

Chris and Tina are now in "a real band." And it's not Talking Heads. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Petty Grievances

Interview by Alan di Perna, Guitar World, January 2003

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take on the corporate giants with their new concept album, The Last DJ. ...

Charlie Rich: Building Better Bridges: Charlie Rich in jazz country

Interview by Alan di Perna, Musician, May 1992

"NOW YOU play the bridge for me." ...

Patrice Rushen: The Lady Plays a Vamp

Interview by Alan di Perna, Musician, March 1991

Keyboard wizard Patrice Rushen unravels jazz improvisation ...

Sly & Robbie: Can the Riddim Twins Rock the Mainstream?

Interview by Alan di Perna, Musician, August 1987

AS SUPPORTING players, they've become as recognizable and popular as comic book superheroes. Is there anyone who isn't familiar with Sly Dunbar's brightly-colored tams and ...

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