A New York Times
bestselling author, Richard Buskin is also a full-time freelance
journalist, specializing in pop culture, music, film, television, and
sociopolitical affairs. Since
the early-Eighties, he has conducted interviews and
written regular feature articles for a wide variety of publications in
the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, dealing with all
aspects of the entertainment business: the artistic, the technical and
A native of London, England, who relocated to America in 1995, Richard
has had his work published in newspapers ranging from the New York Post and the Sydney Morning Herald to Britain's Observer, Independent and Daily Mail, as well as magazines such as Playboy (US, Brazilian, Czech, French, Japanese and Polish editions), Stern (Germany) and Paris Match (France). He has also written for numerous music publications around the world, including Billboard, Spin, Musician, Mix, Musik Express, Melody Maker, Sound On Sound and Performance (for which he was a senior editor and UK bureau chief), and movie journals such as Film Review and Films & Filming, in addition to authoring/co-authoring more than 20 non-fiction books.
Among these are Inside Tracks: A First-Hand History of Popular Music from the World's Greatest Record Producers and Engineers (Avon Books, 1999); Blonde Heat: The Sizzling Screen Career of Marilyn Monroe (Billboard Books, 2001); Sheryl Crow: No Fool to This Game (Billboard Books, 2002); Phyllis Diller´s autobiography, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy (Penguin/Tarcher, 2005); Effortless Style
with celebrity fashion stylist June Ambrose (Simon & Schuster,
2006); Dream in Color: How the Sánchez Sisters are Making History in Congress with Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sánchez (Grand Central, 2008); Die Trying: One Man's Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits with
mountaineer Bo Parfet (Amacom, 2009); One from the Hart with actress Stefanie Powers (uncredited, Simon & Schuster, 2010); It's Not Really About the Hair with Tabatha Coffey, star of Bravo's hit TV reality show Tabatha's Salon Takeover (HarperCollins, 2011); Whitney Houston: The Voice, The Music, The Inspiration with musician/producer Narada Michael Walden (Insight Editions, 2012); and Classic Tracks: The Real Stories Behind 68 Seminal Recordings (Sample Magic, 2012). A co-author and consulting editor on
the Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (2003) and the Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock (Flame
Tree, 2006), Richard is presently involved in the planning and writing of several new books.
Richard Buskin has provided sleeve notes for records and videos; penned
narrative material for DVD; written press releases and publicity bios
for the likes of Aerosmith and Michael Jackson; served as a researcher
and on-screen entertainment expert for television networks in the US
and the UK; lectured journalism students at Chicago’s Northwestern
University, as well as PACE program students at National-Louis University; and been interviewed on numerous TV and radio shows,
including CBS's Entertainment Tonight, A&E's Biography, E! Entertainment's True Hollywood Story, AMC's Backstory and the BBC Television News. He
lives in Chicago.