Greg Tate : Conduction, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Laptop

Greg Tate photographed by Nisha Sondhe

Greg Tate pho­tographed by Nisha Sond­he

Greg Tate is a writer and musi­cian who lives in Harlem. A found­ing mem­ber of the Black Rock Coali­tion, Tate played  gui­tar and co-led the BRC affil­i­ate band Women In Love which includ­ed future Burnt Sug­ar mem­bers Mikel Banks, Jason Di Mat­teo and andLewis Flip Barnes.  in the 90s. In 1999 he and Jared Nick­er­son formed Burnt Sug­ar which has, to date,  pro­duced 16 albums under Tate’s direc­tion on Burnt Sugar’s own Avant Groidd imprint.

Greg Tate was a Staff Writer at The Vil­lage Voice from 1987–2003. His writ­ings on cul­ture and pol­i­tics have also been pub­lished in The New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, Art­fo­rum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Pre­miere, Essence, Suede, The Wire, One World, Down­beat, and Jaz­zTimes. He was recent­ly acknowl­edged by The Source mag­a­zine as one of the ‘God­fa­thers of Hiphop Jour­nal­ism’ for his ground­break­ing work on the genre’s social, polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al impli­ca­tions in the peri­od when most pun­dits con­sid­ered it a fad.

His pub­lished inter­views include dia­logues with s Miles Davis, George Clin­ton, Richard Pry­or, Car­los San­tana, Lenny Kravitz, Sade, Erykah Badu, Wayne Short­er, Joni Mitchell, Lisa Bonet, Samuel R Delany, Ice Cube, Dex­ter Gor­don, Bet­ty Carter, King Sun­ny Ade, Chuck D of Pub­lic Ene­my, Cas­san­dra Wil­son, Jill Scott, Wyn­ton Marsalis, Bran­ford Marsalis, Ornette Cole­man, Hen­ry Thread­g­ill and Ver­non Reid of Liv­ing Colour.

Tate has also writ­ten for the Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, The Whit­ney Muse­um, ICA Boston, ICA Lon­don, Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art Hous­ton, The Stu­dio Muse­um In Harlem, The Gagosian Gallery, Deitch Projects and the Tate Muse­ums Lon­don and Liv­er­pool. His writ­ing about visu­al art includes mono­graphs and essays about Chris Ofili. Wengechi Mutu, Jean Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gal­lagher, Kehinde Wiley and Ramm El Zee.

His books include Every­thing But The Bur­den, What White Peo­ple Are Tak­ing From Black Cul­ture (Harlem Moon/Random House, 2003), Mid­night Light­ning: Jimi Hen­drix and The Black Expe­ri­ence (Acapella/Lawrence Hill, 2003); Fly­boy In The But­ter­milk, Essays on Amer­i­can Cul­ture (Simon and Shus­ter, 1993). Next year Duke Uni­ver­si­ty Press will pub­lish Fly­boy 2:The Greg Tate Read­er. He recent­ly com­plet­ed ‘The 100 Best Hiphop Lyrics’ for Pen­guin and is now work­ing on a book about the God­fa­ther of Soul, James Brown, for River­head Press.

His play My Dar­ling Grem­lin (with live music score by Lawrence Butch Mor­ris) was pro­duced at Aaron Davis Hall in 1993 and at The Kitchen in 1995. His short fea­ture film Black Body Radi­a­tion was com­plet­ed in 2006. He also col­lab­o­rat­ed on the libret­toes for Juluis Hemphill’s opera Long Tongues (Apol­lo Pro­duc­tion) and for Leroy Jenk­ins’ Fresh Faust, (Boston ICA Pro­duc­tion).