Greg Tate is widely acclaimed as one of the most compelling, provocative, insightful, and original cultural critics writing today. An essayist and longtime staff writer for The Village Voice, Tate has published widely, with writings on art, music, and culture appearing in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Spin, Artforum, The Nation, and DownBeat.
His books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk (Simon and Schuster, 1992), Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience (Acapella, 1993), and Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture (Random House, 2003). He is also a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition and the conductor and music director of Burnt Sugar, a band, formed by Tate in 1999, that binds jazz, rock, funk, and African music in a lyrical, exploratory and improvisational manner. James Brown Body, a biography of the American music icon is Tate's current work in progress and will be published by Riverhead Books in 2010.