Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
How the Beatles Inspired Billy Joel’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’
He explored new levels of sonic sophistication on his 1982 album.
Billy Idol, ‘The Cage EP': Album Review
Four-song EP recalls rebel yeller's glory days.
40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Escapes Writer’s Block With ‘Pressure’
A secretary's comment helped spark his seventh Top 20 single.
Watch Billy Joel and Joe Elliott Perform ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’
A scheduling coincidence allowed the rock stars to team up for a third time.
When the Steve Miller Band Reached a New Peak With ‘Book of Dreams’
"I felt like it was really in a groove," frontman says of productive late-'70s period.
45 Years Ago: Jimmy Buffett Sails to Fame With ‘Changes in Latitudes’
His first platinum album was home to "Margaritaville," a signature Top 10 hit.
Pat Benatar’s ‘Precious Time’ Proved Third Time Was the Charm
Singer felt a well-earned confidence ahead of third LP, which came out in July 1981.
Apple TV+’s ‘1971’ Looks at a Revolutionary Year in Music
The creative team behind new documentary series analyzes what made the era so inspirational.