Music journalist who contributed to Rolling Stone and MTV, and won a Grammy award for liner notes.
In the late 1980s, he joined the independent music and culture publication Option and covered bands off the beaten path.
When bands that he covered, like Nirvana, gained mainstream success Option became more popular and he got assignments for Rolling Stone and MTV.
He was born in Asheboro, North Carolina.
During his tenure at Rolling Stone, he greenlighted the magazine's controversial cover story about Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.