The name of the book is “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.” It is a title that leaves little room for interpretation of subject matter. The famed A&R representative and bestselling author who brought such acts as the aforementioned Metallica to the public, and produced records for legendary artist like Cyndi Lauper, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD, WHITE ZOMBIE and Nina Simone, is releasing a candid memoir that chronicles with raw and illuminating detail, his turbulent life and career in the music industry. Most recently, the Brooklyn-born Alago was recently featured in a Netflix documentary candidly titled “Who the Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago”. The book is an expansion of his story.
“I Am Michael Alago…” is a story of humble beginnings, realized potential, chaos, dysfunction, crisis, talent and redemption. The book discusses Michael’s battle with addiction, his HIV diagnosis, his legendary musical career and practically all other elements of his life, both professional and personal. In the late 1980s, he was diagnosed with HIV, which manifested into full-blown AIDS ten years later. He survived to continue his music career, but in 2005, he left music to pursue a career in photography. Throughout his career in music, he ran in similar circles with legendary visual artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and Jean Michel Basquiat.
Since Getting Clean and Sober
As influential and prolific as Alago has been in the recording and visual arts worlds, his real impact and inspiration may be as an enduring example of the power of recovery, and what can be accomplished in a sober life. Since finding his way to treatment and working the 12 Steps, he as reconnected with his family and resumed an already legendary career as a photographer and record producer. The must-read “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death” is scheduled for a March 2020 release by Backbeat Books.