Gary Graff

Gary Graff
Born 1960 (age 60–61)
Occupation Music journalist, author
Nationality American
Subject Rock music

Gary Graff (born 1960) is an American music journalist and author.


Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Graff attended Taylor Allderdice High School where he wrote for school newspaper The Taylor Allderdice Foreword.[1][2] He received his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.[2] He wrote for the Detroit Free Press from 1982 until 1995 when there was a strike at the newspaper. Graff refused to cross the picket line and subsequently lost his job.[2][3] Graff has contributed to publications including The New York Times, Billboard, The Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle,[4] as well as writing a regular column for Guitar World magazine.[2]

In 2005, Graff published The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z. One reviewer said that the book "comes close to being the definitive study" on Bruce Springsteen.[5] He is also the founding editor of MusicHound's "Essential Album Guide" series, which began with MusicHound Rock in 1996.[2] Graff is also a frequent contributor to The Drew and Mike Podcast. He now lives in Detroit, Michigan.[6]


  • 1996 (rev. 1999): MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (Visible Ink Press)
  • 2005: The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z (Visible Ink Press)


  1. ^ Behe, Regis (2005-04-24). "Local teens may be the 'next big thing' in classic rock". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ward, Steven. "Losin' His Mind in Detroit Rock City: An Interview with Gary Graff". Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  3. ^ Weingarten, Emily (2006-10-17). "Living Music: Gary Graff interview". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  4. ^ "Press Release: Gary Graff on Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren". Michigan Theater. 2004-04-21. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  5. ^ "Book Review - Library Journal". Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2008-04-08.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Visible Ink Press: Authors: Gary Graff". Visible Ink Press. Retrieved 2008-03-27.

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