Praise from Dion-
“Alec Wightman has never lost that humble sense of awe he had as a kid with a transistor radio. This is real insider history . . . a great book.”
Rock & roll first spoke to Alec Wightman as a ten-year-old boy when he heard Dion sing “The Wanderer” on his transistor radio. Over the next sixty years, Wightman would listen to countless records, chase live shows from coast to coast, promote singer-songwriter acts through his own concert production company, and work with leaders in the music industry as a member and chair of the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—all while maintaining his day job as a successful corporate lawyer.
In Music in My Life: Notes From a Longtime Fan, Wightman chronicles his musical evolution from the great rock & roll of the 1960s to numerous Neil Young concerts in the ’70s and on to decades discovering singer-songwriter favorites like John Stewart, Jesse Winchester, Tom Russell, Rosie Flores, and Dave Alvin. The constant throughout Wightman’s life, as one reviewer puts it, has been his “ear for great songs and his admiration for those who craft them.” In Music in My Life, this admiration is genuine and palpable, regardless of whether the talent springs from the lesser known (Chuck Prophet, John Fullbright) or the renowned (Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb). With his tireless advocacy for live music, Wightman has forged special connections with scores of musicians over his lifetime, using his passion to bring artists and fans together. And his engagement with the Rock Hall is the cherry on top, giving him a unique perspective into the world of rock & roll—the music of our lives. Music in My Life, says another reviewer, “is written proof that musical fandom can be a form of artistic expression.”
About the Author
Alec Wightman is a corporate lawyer with a passion for music that has burned brightly throughout his life and propelled him through three decades of promoting concerts and a deep involvement with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as board chair. He lives with his wife, Kathy, in the German Village area of Columbus, Ohio and is the proud father of two grown daughters, Nora and Emily. This is his first book.
“Music in My Life is a charming and highly perceptive account of Alec’s journey as a lifetime music lover. His taste, knowledge, and often witty accounts of his experiences along the way make this a relaxed and entertaining read.”
“A backstage pass into the who’s who of rock & roll.”
“Music in My Life is written proof that musical fandom can be a form of artistic expression.”
“An account of the journey from fan to unlikely promoter to chair of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The constant has been Alec Wightman’s ear for great songs and his admiration for those who craft them.”
—Greg Harris, CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
“A great, funny, smart, and passionate piece of writing.”
“Music is always a passionate conversation between artist and listener. Alec Wightman listens a lot . . . and never fails to infuse the dialogue with his enthusiasm.”
“Alec Wightman has a reverence for the magic that makes music connect with human hearts.”
“There's something infectious about Alec, the good kind of infectious, and it comes through on the page.”
“A grand set of anecdotes and insider tales of the music business.””