Alan Goldsher has written 15 books, including Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion and Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, as well as the forthcoming Digging Dave Brubeck and Time Out! (Post Hill Press, October, 2020).


As a ghostwriter, Alan has collaborated on book projects with actors, comedians, musicians, chefs, and numerous other public figures.

Goldsher’s music journalism has appeared in Bass Player and Guitar Player, and his sportswriting has been seen in ESPN The Magazine,,, and


A bassist, producer, and record label CEO, Alan's four Gold Note Records albums Big Al Bassman Funks Up the Jazz Classics, 96 B.P.M., The Pocket, and The Other Pocket are available to stream or download from all major digital music platforms. Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.


Alan lives, writes, and makes music in Chicago.