Pulitzer Prize finalist in Criticism, National Magazine Award winner, and
He wrote reviews for The Village Voice and Rolling Stone as a freelancer. He then worked as a rock critic for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and later The Philadelphia Inquirer as a rock and TV critic.
He was a founding staffer of Entertainment Weekly in 1990.
He was born in Manhattan but grew up in Stamford, Connecticut.
Billy Joel once tore up a negative review of his music written by Tucker on stage.