John Kruth is the author of musical biographies including: "Bright Moments – The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk" (2000 - Welcome Rain), "To Live’s To Fly – The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt" (recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award - 2007 – DaCapo Press), and "Rhapsody in Black – The Life & Music of Roy Orbison" (2013 – BackBeat/Hal Leonard Books).
John’s most recent book, "This Bird Has Flown – The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul 50 Years On," was published in November, 2015 by BackBeat/Hal Leonard Books.
As a music journalist, John’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Progressive, Wire (UK), Sing Out!, Wax Poetics, Folk Roots (UK), Rave (India) and So Jazz (Switzerland).
For the past 10 years John has taught the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, History of Jazz and Introduction to World Music as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, (where he currently teaches).
With 10 solo albums to his credit, John Kruth is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica and sitar. John currently leads the 10-piece New York-based world music ensemble TriBeCaStan, who have recorded seven albums to date. As a sideman John has performed and collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Violent Femmes, John Prine, King Missile, Hal Willner, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Swados, Sam Shepard and Ornette Coleman.