Alan Rich: June 17, 1924 – April 23, 2010

Alan Rich died April 23, 2010 of natural causes in his sleep at his home in West Los Angeles.


  1. Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Alan, thank you for over half a century of my musical education, starting way back when we both sold 78s at Art Music in the early 50s. I’m going to listen again to the hour’s conversation we had in ’94 about KPFA and the seminal role you played in making it what it once was:

  2. Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    The beginning of the New York installment of Alan’s career is covered in a conversation with a later KPFA music director, Will Ogden, recorded in 1962:

  3. Jerry Kavanagh
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    R.I.P., Alan, a mentor, teacher, and friend from New York Magazine with a warm personality and a sense of humor.

  4. Jonathan Valenti
    Posted May 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Debussy’s ‘Pelleas et Melisande’ is the most exquisite, the most ravishing and the most addictive of all operas.

  5. Christine Upton
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I loved his book. I take it with me every year to the Ojai Festival to re-read it.

  6. Posted July 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    An expanded version of my obituary for the Guardian is on my KPFA website: