About Michael Sigman

Michael Sigman is a writer/ editor, media consultant and the president of Major Songs, a music publishing company.

Prior to his current activities, Sigman was the president and publisher of LA Weekly, the nation’s largest alternative newsweekly, from 1990-2002. He joined LA Weekly in 1983 as general manager and was named publisher the following year.

Sigman was also the founding publisher of OC Weekly, sister paper to LA Weekly, when it was launched in 1995.

Prior to joining LA Weekly, Sigman was a music journalist, and served as a reporter, then managing editor, then editor-in-chief of Record World Magazine, a leading music industry weekly, from 1971 to 1982.

Michael Sigman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Philosophy, from Bucknell University in 1971. He currently serves on several Boards, including InsightLA and Society for Singers, and is Chairman of the Board of the Wright Institute, a non-profit psychoanalytic institute which provides inexpensive long-term psychotherapy to the poor.

How to Avoid the Hazards of Online Job-Hunting


n ancient times, applying for employment typically commenced with submitting a resume and cover letter. Nowadays, a handful of keystrokes is all you need to throw your virtual hat in the online ring, and the opportunities for mistakes, misunderstandings and malaprops have increased geometrically. In need of a part-time assistant, I recently posted an ad […]

Tech Leave You Cold? Major in Philosophy!


f I had to choose one word to explain why I chose philosophy as my college major, that word would be “Nausea.” I’m talking, of course, about Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre’s 1938 novel featuring a character so gloriously miserable one might say he put the “agonist” in “protagonist.” I read the book during the summer of […]

At the End of the End of the Day…


t the end of the day and with of 20/20 hindsight, any Monday morning quarterback can see that the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling debacle raises a truckload of questions for millions of ordinary (yet exceptional) hard-working middle-class American families. Most of the discussions among these good, god-fearing men and women — who work hard and […]

A Few Answers About ‘Answer Me’


nswer me this: What 60-year-old song co-written by a German and an American reached No. 1 on the UK singles charts by two different singers at the same time; was penned by an atheist but banned by the BBC for its “religious” content; was secularized by said atheist via a change of three syllables; subsequently became […]

Lennon-McCartney Melodies Linger On and On, Across the Universe


hen I asked friends who’ve put in their 10,000 hours of intense pop music listening to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years, there was no doubt that Lennon-McCartney — who wrote their last song together more than four decades ago — would get a plurality of nods. What does surprise is the variety of […]

Whose God Bless America Is It, Anyway?

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ews that George Zimmerman (a “white Latino”) got away with shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager armed with nothing more than a bag of Skittles, brought joy to many conservatives. Some went so far as to say “God Bless George Zimmerman.” Less than 24 hours before the Zimmerman verdict, Grammy-winning singer Marc Anthony, a dark-skinned […]

When I’m 64, Remembering ’64


he upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the first hosted by the New York Mets since 1964, reminding me that following the All-Star break that same year, my St. Louis Cardinals staged one of the most thrilling comeback stories in baseball history. I say “my Cardinals” because during my adolescence in Lawn Guyland, […]

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