David G. Walley was born March 18, 1945 in Plainfield, New Jersey, son of Miron Monroe (a lawyer) and Sylvia Silot Walley.
In 1967 Walley graduated with a BA from Rutgers University and continued his education at Hofstra University from 1967 to
1968. He worked as a columnist for Jazz and Pop magazine and the East Village Other, and wrote music reviews in Zygote, Fusion, and Changes. He was later Arts Editor of the L.A. Free Press. His books include: No Commercial Potential: The Saga of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (1972), Nothing in Moderation: a Biography of Ernie Kovacs (1975), and Teenage Nervous Breakdown: Music Politics in the Post-Elvis Age (c. 1998). Throughout his career he worked as a music critic, book and arts reviewer, editor, lecturer, and media consultant.
Walley died in 2006 at the age of 61. At the time he was in the process of finishing a biography of the historian Herbert
Feis entitled The Shackled Historian: The Life and Times of Herbert Feis.
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