5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kurt Loder

2005 MTV Video Music Awards - MTV News Post-Show
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Children of the 1980s and ’90s might find themselves experiencing a mental flashback when Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” asks, “What Would Kurt Loder Do?” on tonight’s episode. This sneak peek clip brought us right back to the days when Kurt kept us informed on all the latest music happenings at MTV News…

For such a straitlaced-seeming reporter, Kurt’s actually a super interesting guy. So, what would Kurt Loder do?” Well, here’s a few surprising things…

1. He Became A Journalist In The Army

Long before his days at MTV, Kurt learned how to be a reporter during his stint in the U.S. Armed Forces. (He got drafted in the Vietnam years.) “So my entire journalism background is four weeks, provided by the Army journalism school,” he said.

2. He Was Rolling Stone’s Senior Editor

Starting in the late ’70s, Kurt helped steer the legendary publication during one of its greatest periods. You can read his work at Rolling Stone’s site.

3. He Co-Wrote Tina Turner’s Autobiography

Kurt helped Tina Turner with her book “I, Tina,” which served as the basis for the film “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” He also earned a screenplay credit.

4. He’s A Movie Critic

He might’ve made his name in music journalism, but Kurt is currently Reason magazine’s resident film buff. He even published a collection of his reviews titled “The Good, The Bad and The Godawful.” Thumbs up.

5. He’s A Libertarian

Kurt might not seem like your typical legalization activist, but he’s actually held a strong libertarian viewpoint since the ’70s, telling Politico: “I’m drawn to the idea that people are allowed to do what they want without hurting other people. It’s your body to do stuff with, and government should be fairly minimal.”

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Danny Gallagher (@thisisdannyg) knows a few things about Kurt Loder.