×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Dave Bry, Author and Former Editor at Vibe, XXL and Spin, Dies at 46

Dave Bry, an author and editor who worked for Vibe, XXL and Spin, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 46.

“Dave Bry died this morning, Oct 15, 2017,” reads a message sent from his Twitter account. “He lived life with joy, humor, music, and friendship.Info on upcoming memorial service to come.”

He served as editor of Vibe, Spin, and XXL and was a columnist for The Awl. His column at the latter publication, Public Apology, spawned his 2013 book of the same name, subtitled “In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time.” The book acts as a memoir of various misdeeds throughout his life, including an incident where he helped his sick father, who also passed away from cancer, secure a boat to a trailer, which came loose and crashed into a chain-link fence.

“I was thinking about what I’d tell my friends over beers – self-deprecating stories about stupid stuff that I’ve done, [using] the form of an apology as an entry-way into writing stories,” he told Rolling Stone in 2013.  “But as time passed, some of them started to get poignant.”

He also wrote a number of columns for The Guardian in recent months.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Emily Raimes, his 12-year old son, Asa Raimes Bry, his sister, Deborah, and his mother, Brenna, as well as many friends, colleagues and others whose lives he touched. David Murgio, a close friend of over 40 years, said, “Dave left his imprint on all of us who were lucky enough to know him.  His wit, intelligence, kindness and joy will never be forgotten.”

Facebook and Twitter filled up with heartfelt tributes to him from friends and colleagues on Sunday and Monday, particularly noting his skill and kindness as an editor.

“You not a hip-hop journo if you weren’t edited by Dave Bry,” reads one from former Vibe and XXL staffer Jayson Rodriguez. “A true G and a gent.”

“’If you have a dumb idea, figure out how to make it dumber.’ I’ve stolen this advice from Dave Bry and passed it to everyone I’ve managed,” reads one from First We Feast editor Chris Schonberger.

 

More Music

  • Boomtown Rats Feature Doc Launches From

    Boomtown Rats Feature Doc Launches From New Music Banner BeyondTNC (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bob Geldof and the re-formed Boomtown Rats will talk about their legendary punk band in a new feature doc, “Boomtown.” It is one of the first two films from a new music producer-distributor that has been formed by Beyond Entertainment and TNC Media – BeyondTNC. BeyondTNC will be launching “Boomtown” to international buyers in Cannes, [...]

  • Zedd

    DJ Zedd Banned From China After Liking 'South Park' Tweet

    Zedd has been “permanently banned” from China after the German DJ liked a tweet from the “South Park” Twitter account. Zedd, whose real name is Anton Zaslavski, announced the news via his own Twitter account: “I just got permanently banned from China because I liked a @SouthPark tweet,” he wrote. I just got permanently banned [...]

  • Kim Gordon album art

    Album Review: Kim Gordon's 'No Home Record'

    The line between art and artifice is one that Kim Gordon has explored throughout her four-decade career, first as cofounder of Sonic Youth and more recently as a visual artist, memoirist, fashion designer, actress, and one-half of the experimental duo Body/Head. When we’re perusing a corporately designed bauble or experience, are we genuinely imagining the [...]

  • Dana Walden Awkwafina Chaka Khan Mariah

    Variety's Power of Women Celebrates Honorees' Voices and Activism

    When Jennifer Aniston was 11, she was casually dismissed from the dinner table by a parental figure “because I ‘didn’t have anything interesting to add to the conversation.’” That belittlement has stayed with the “Friends” and “The Morning Show” star through to adulthood, prompting her to muse at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon on the messages [...]

  • Neil Young

    Film News Roundup: Neil Young Documentary 'Mountaintop' Set for Release

    In today’s film news roundup, Neil Young’s “Mountaintop” is coming, AMC replaces its CFO, Bob Weinstein is starting anew, and Ed Begley, Jr. and David Koechner join “Reboot Camp.” MUSIC DOCUMENTARY Abramorama is partnering with Shakey Pictures and Reprise / Warner Records to release the Neil Young documentary “Mountaintop.” The movie, which chronicles the making [...]

  • Pusha T and Nicholas Britell Create

    Pusha T Joins Line of 'Succession' by Adding Rap to Nicholas Britell's TV Theme

    After being inundated with requests from fans, composer Nicholas Britell decided to remix the the original main title theme for “Succession.” Hip-hop star Pusha T has added rap vocals to the show’s instrumental theme, creating a new track titled “Puppets (Succession Remix),” released two days before the “Succession” season 2 finale air date Oct. 13. [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    ASCAP/Virgil Thomson Awards for Music Writing Honor Top Critics, Authors

    ASCAP and the Virgil Thomson Foundation have issues their annual awards in the fields of music writing, with the honors going to such works as a prominent Rolling Stone critic’s liner notes for a boxed set by the Band, a biography of Dexter Gordon by the jazz great’s widow, and a Wall Street Journal critics’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content