A lifelong addict of popular culture, Lloyd Sachs is the author of T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit (University of Texas Press, 2016) and American Country: Bluegrass, Honky Tonk and Crossover Sounds (Twenty-First Century Books, 2012). A native of Queens, New York, now based in Chicago, he reviews crime fiction for the Chicago Tribune and Kirkus Reviews and has reviewed literary fiction and nonfiction for the Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday, the Dallas Morning News and other publications. He also has interviewed such literary greats as Norman Mailer, V.S. Naipaul, Joseph Heller, Salman Rushdie, Elmore Leonard and Richard Russo.
Sachs’ writings on jazz and popular music have appeared in the Sun-Times, where he was an award-winning editorial writer, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Down Beat, JazzTimes and USA Today. He was a senior editor at No Depression, a contributing editor at Chicago magazine and wrote the “Hot Type” column for the Chicago Reader.
On the radio, he was the voice of “Sachs and the Cinema” on WXRT and co-host of the jazz program “Writers Bloc” on WNUR with Kevin Whitehead and John Corbett. Sachs is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and also has taught at Loyola University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Triton College.