Harvey Rachlin

Harvey Rachlin

About Me
Harvey Rachlin is an award-winning author of 14 books including Lucy's Bones, Sacred Stones, and Einstein's Brain, which was adapted for the History Channel series History's Lost and Found. His Encyclopedia of the Music Business won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, was named Outstanding Music Reference Book of the Year by the American Library Association, and was recommended by composer Henry Mancini on the 1984 internationally-televised Grammy Awards. His music books have been praised by Elton John, Aaron Copland, Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, and the Academy Award-winning songwriters Burt Bacharach, Sammy Cahn, Marvin Hamlisch, Henry Mancini, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne. Other luminaries who have praised his books include President Gerald Ford, actresses Barbara Eden and Estelle Getty, author Nicholas Pileggi, movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff, "French Connection" detective Sonny Grosso, and Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, Dave Powers. He has written more than 200 newspaper and magazine articles, with publication credits such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The Jerusalem Post, Law and Order and Publishers Weekly. He has published interviews with the composers of numerous perennially popular Broadway shows and songs including Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”), Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Bye, Bye Birdie”), Johnny Marks (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”), Larry Weiss (“Rhinestone Cowboy”), Sandy Linzer (“Let’ Hang On!”), Ron Miller (“For Once In My Life”), and Chip Taylor (“Wild Thing”). His next book, Song and System: The Making of American Pop Music, will be published in the spring of 2020 by Rowman & Littlefield. He runs the Music Business program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.