Books written by Alan Light

Let's Go Crazy

Simon and Schuster | October 6, 2015 | 304 pages
Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film-each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive... More Info

Let's Go Crazy

Atria Books | December 9, 2014 | 304 pages
From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now legendary album. Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—each one a commercial success... More Info

The Holy Or the Broken

Simon and Schuster | November 19, 2013 | 288 pages
How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of eoeHallelujahe straight to the... More Info