The writer Greg Tate has died at the age of 64

The distinguished US music writer Greg Tate has died at the age of 64, No cause of death has been given. His work encompassed hip-hop culture, jazz and so much more. Tate wrote for the Village Voice, Vibe and Spin among other publications and was an …

Published: 8 Dec 2021. Updated: 5 months.

The distinguished US music writer Greg Tate has died at the age of 64, No cause of death has been given. His work encompassed hip-hop culture, jazz and so much more. Tate wrote for the Village Voice, Vibe and Spin among other publications and was an early chronicler of hip-hop in the 1980s. He placed hip-hop among the avant-garde, jazz and broader black culture in his thinking and his books included Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and most famously collected writings from the Voice titled Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America which was published in 1992. He was also a member of the Black Rock Coalition from the beginning and as a musician played in the sprawling big band Burnt Sugar which we caught live in 2006 at a festival in Finland. Last year Tate co-curated an exhibition on Basquiat and hip-hop for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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