Authors

AFROPUNK

Born out of a small Brooklyn nightclub in 2005, AFROPUNK music and cultural festivals now take place across three continents and five cities, connecting a global African diaspora through music, politics, activism and—most of all—fashion. As an organization, AFROPUNK has developed into a multifaceted media powerhouse: a global platform of alternative, experimental, radical, and counter-cultural viewpoints, which serves a socially diverse community.

Afropunk: The Politics of Style
Forthcoming from HarperDesign

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Marcus Baram


Marcus Baram is a writer and journalist, whose work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Village Voice, New York Magazine, Vibe, The New York Daily News, and The New York Observer. He has worked as an editor at the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, the Huffington Post and Fast Company. He is based in Brooklyn, NY.

GIL SCOTT-HERON: Pieces of a Man

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Patricia Romanowski Bashe


Patricia Romanowski Bashe, MSEd., BCBA, is a certified special education teacher, early intervention provider, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Currently BCBA supervisor at a special-needs preschool, Romanowski worked for many years as senior education specialist at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook University. She is also the coauthor of twenty-three books and four national bestsellers. Her works range in topic from popular culture and celebrity autobiography to children’s issues, parapsychology/bereavement, psychology, and self-help. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an editor at Rolling Stone Press. She lives in Baldwin, NY.

ASPERGER SYNDROME: The Oasis Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope from Early Intervention to Adulthood

THE PARENTS’ GUIDE TO TEACHING KIDS WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME AND SIMILAR ASDs REAL-LIFE SKILLS FOR INDEPENDENCE
foreword by Peter Gerhardt

WE DON’T DIE: George Anderson’s Conversations with the Other Side

WE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN: George Anderson’s Messages of Hope from the Other Side

OUR CHILDREN FOREVER: George Anderson’s Messages from Children on the Other Side

LOVE BEYOND LIFE: True Accounts of Direct Personal Communication with the Other Side
with Joel Martin

DREAMGIRL: My Life as a Supreme
with Mary Wilson

VANNA SPEAKS
with Vanna White

THE TEMPTATIONS
with Otis Williams

 IF I CAN DREAM: Elvis’ Own Story
with Larry Geller and Joel Spector

SUPREME FAITH: My Life Beyond the Spotlight
with Mary Wilson

LA TOYA: Growing up with the Jacksons
with LaToya Jackson

A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES
with Annette Funicello

BEYOND UHURA
with Nichelle Nichols

TRULY BLESSED: The Teddy Pendergrass Story

THE TAE BO WAY
with Billy Blanks

Life is Just What You Make It: My Story So Far
with Donny Osmond

YOU GET PAST THE TEARS: A Mother/Daughter Memoir of Love and Survival
with Patricia and Hydeia Broadbent

FIT HAPPENS: Strategies for Living a Healthier, Happier, Fitter Life
with Joanie Greggains

HELPING YOUR KIDS COPE WITH DIVORCE: The Sandcastles Way
with M. Gary Neuman

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHILDREN AND DIVORCE: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive
with Dr. Robert E. Emery

Michael Benson


Michael Benson is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and exhibitions producer. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, ArtForum, and other publications. In the last decade he staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography in the US and internationally, appearing in museums from London, to Brisbane, to Barcelona and beyond. In 2008-10, Benson worked with director Terrence Malick to help produce space and cosmology sequences for Malick’s film Tree of Life, which drew in part from Benson’s book and exhibition projects; the film won the Palm d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Nanocosmos: Visions of Inner Space
Forthcoming from Abrams

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Cosmographics

Planetfall: New Solar System Visions

Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle

Beyond: A Solar System Voyage
(for young readers)

Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes

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Will Birch


Will Birch is a former drummer and songwriter with the Kursaal Flyers (1976 UK hit ‘Little Does She Know’) and The Records (1979 US hit ‘Starry Eyes’). During the 1980s he moved into record production, working with artists such as Any Trouble, Dr Feelgood, Billy Bremner, and the Long Ryders. Throughout the 1990s he wrote many articles for Mojo and other music magazines and in 2000 published his first book, No Sleep Till Canvey Island: The Great Pub Rock Revolution (Virgin Books). His Ian Dury: The Definitive Biography was published in 2010 (Pan MacMillan). He is currently writing a biography of musician Nick Lowe. He lives near London, UK.

Cruel To Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe
Forthcoming from Da Capo August 2019

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Jenny Blake


Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist, and international speaker. She has been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, Real Simple, and CNN.com and has spoken at major universities and corporations. Jenny launched her blog, LifeAfterCollege.org, in 2005. After five years at Google in Training and Career Development, Jenny moved to New York City in 2011 where she has been running her own consulting business, helping people organize their brains, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. Subscribe to the Pivot Podcast

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want


Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton


Bill Brewster is a freelance writer, music consultant and DJ, specializing in dance music and football. He has worked for the British publications When Saturday Comes and Mixmag Update. His work has appeared in The Face, Mixmag, Muzik, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Big Issue.

Frank Broughton is a freelance writer and editor, and author of the “Time Out New York Guide.” He has worked as an editor at iD, Mixmag US, and Blah Blah Blah, and his writing has also appeared in Details, HipHop Connection, Mixmag, NME, Rolling Stone, The Big Issue, and Time Out New York, where he was the founding Clubs Editor.

They ran DJhistory.com, the world’s leading expert forum on back-catalogue dance music and through DJhistory.com have published a series of books: The Disco Files, The Complete Boys Own, Raving ’89 and Catch The Beat. They also co-authored The Manual for the Ministry of Sound. While DJhistory.com has closed, its contents are being reposted on Red Bull Music Academy Daily.

Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton are based in London. They are represented in association with The Soho Agency in the UK.

The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries

How To DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey

Kate Brown

Kate Brown is a Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of many fellowships, including those from the John D. Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and her books have won many prizes, including the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History and their Dunning and Beveridge prizes. She is based in Cambridge, MA.

MANUAL FOR SURVIVAL: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future
New release from W. W. Norton

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters


E. Jean Carroll


E. Jean Carroll has written the celebrated monthly advice column “Ask E. Jean” for Elle magazine for over 25 years. She has been a contributing editor at Esquire, Outside and Playboy, and has written for Rolling Stone and GQ and other publications. She also received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Saturday Night Live. She lives in Warwick, NY.

What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal
New release from St. Martin’s Press

Mr. Right, Right Now!: Man Catching Made Easy

A Dog In Heat Is A Hot Dog, and Other Rules To Live By

Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson

Ted Chapin


Ted Chapin is the president and executive director of Rodgers and Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, the chairman of the board of directors for the American Theater Wing and a member of the Tony Administration Committee. His theater credits include Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, the CBS telecast of Twigs, starring Carol Burnett, and Neil Cuthbert’s The Soft Touch, among other shows. He has been involved with the Encores! series at City Center since its inception and sits on several arts boards. He lives in New York City.

Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies

Robert Christgau


According to a recent profile in The New Yorker, Robert Christgau is “not just the Dean of American Rock Critics…but one of America’s sharper public intellectuals of the past half century, and certainly one of its most influential.” A rock critic since 1967, he was a senior editor and the chief music critic at The Village Voice for over three decades. His Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle award in the category of criticism; he currently writes a music column for Vice. He lives in New York City.

Book Reports: A Music Critic on His First Love, Which Was Reading
New release from Duke University Press

Is It Still Good To Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017

Going Into The City

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2007: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country, & More

Christgau’s Consumer Guide: Albums of the Nineties

Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno

Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music 1967-1973

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Julie Clow


Julie Clow began her career as an instructional designer and quickly rose to become the chief learning officer of a training development company. She worked for Google for five years and focused on team effectiveness, leadership and management, and organizational culture. She now serves as the SVP of People Development for Chanel. Julie holds a Ph.D in Behavior Analysis from Auburn University and lives in New York City.

The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All

Broughton Coburn


Broughton Coburn has spent two of the past four decades in the Himalayas, working in development, conservation, writing and filmmaking. The organizations he has worked with include the Agency for International Development, the United Nations, the World Wildlife Fund and the American Himalaya Foundation. Coburn has appeared as an expert panelist on NPR and has lectured at the Museum of Natural History in New York, The National Geographic Society, the Telluride Mountain Film Festival and many other venues. A graduate of Harvard University, he is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Coburn currently lives in Jackson, WY.

Run For Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy
with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest 

Himalaya: Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope, from the American Himalayan Foundation
edited by Broughton Coburn

Touching My Father’s Soul
by Jamling Norgay with Broughton Coburn

Triumph on Everest: A Children’s Biography of Edmund Hillary

Everest: Mountain Without Mercy

Aama in America: Searching for the Sacred

Nepali Aama: Portrait of a Nepalese Hill Woman


Charles R. Cross


The New York Times bestselling author behind Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, and more, Charles R. Cross has written for hundreds of newspapers and magazines, from Rolling Stone to The Times of London. As the editor of Seattle’s The Rocket from 1986 through 2000, Cross chronicled the rise of the Northwest music scene during the heyday of grunge; he now lectures at colleges about journalism and pop culture, and often appears on radio and television as an expert. He lives near Seattle, WA.

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
2019 edition revised and updated upon the 25th anniversary of Cobain’s death

Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll
by Ann and Nancy Wilson with Charles Cross

Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls

Cobain Unseen

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

 

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Art Cullen

Art Cullen is 50 percent of the ownership and 25 percent of the staff of The Storm Lake Times (a family-owned weekly newspaper located in rural Storm Lake, Iowa) and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial writing for his columns taking on corporate agribusiness for fouling the town’s water and soil. His commentaries on politics, immigration and the environment have been published by The New York Times and The Washington Post, along with regional newspapers and news sites, and he regularly contributes to The Guardian. Cullen has been profiled by National Public Radio, Katie Couric, and CNN, and has served as a guest political analyst on MSNBC. He is based in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope from a Heartland Newspaper

Anthony DeCurtis


Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. A Grammy Award recipient, he has three times been recognized with the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music. A former on-air correspondent and editorial director at VH1, he has contributed to a myriad of television specials and programs; he teaches in the writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lou Reed: A Life

The Soundtrack of My Life 
by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis

Blues and Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer
edited by Anthony DeCurtis

In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work

Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters

 

The Estate of Jim Dickinson


Jim Dickinson was an American record producer, pianist, and singer. He fronted the Memphis, Tennessee-based super group Mud Boy and the Neutrons, and was a member of the Atlantic Records-contracted Dixie Flyers, among others. During his extensive producing and recording career, Dickinson worked with Ry Cooder, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. Honored by local NARAS chapter with the Board of Director’s Governor’s Award in 1992, Jim Dickinson won Producer of the Year seven times before retiring his name from the competition. In 2012 Jim was inducted  into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural group of stars including Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King and Elvis. He launched Zebra Ranch, a family recording complex and home to his sons’ band, the North Mississippi Allstars, and both Dickinson and his sons were honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in 2015. Dickinson died in 2009.

I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone

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Ani DiFranco


Ani DiFranco is a Grammy Award-winning singer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, songwriter, activist, businesswoman, and New York Times bestselling author. She has released more than 20 albums, and is one of the first independent musicians to create her own label, Righteous Babe Records (based in Buffalo, NY). She is widely known as an activist and feminist icon, and the Righteous Babe Foundation supports causes ranging from abortion rights to gay visibility.

No Walls and the Recurring Dream
New release from Viking, a New York Times Bestseller

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Dave DiMartino


Dave DiMartino is a past editor of CREEM, a former West Coast Bureau Chief of Billboard, senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, and later executive editor of LAUNCH and Yahoo! Music. He is the author of Singer Songwriters: Pop Music’s Performer-Composers, from A to Zevon and Do It Again: The Steely Dan Years, consultant editor of Moonlight Drive: The Stories Behind Every Doors Song, and U.S. editor of Music In The 20th Century. His writing has appeared in Mojo, Musician, Rolling Stone, Spin and the Village Voice, among other publications. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Banning Eyre


Banning Eyre is a respected broadcaster, journalist, musician and radio/film producer of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide, and author of the highly acclaimed In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali (Temple University Press 2000). For over 25 years, Eyre has researched music and culture in Mali, Congo, Morocco, Egypt, and beyond. He is based in Connecticut.

Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe

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Jim Farber


Jim Farber wrote his first piece for Rolling Stone when he was 17 years old and he has been writing about music ever since. For 25 years, he served as Chief Music Critic of the New York Daily News. He has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine, Yahoo! Music, Mojo and many other publications. He was a contributor to The Rolling Stone Book of the ’70s and the Rolling Stone Rock Encyclopedia. Farber is a three-time winner of the Deems Taylor-ASCAP Music Award. He is based in New York City.

Ben Fong-Torres


Ben Fong-Torres began writing for Rolling Stone in 1968, and joined as news editor in 1969. He contributed to the magazine for 23 years and was portrayed as himself in the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous. Fong-Torres, who also served as a weekend DJ on KSAN radio in San Francisco from 1970 to 1981, has written for dozens of magazines including Esquire, GQ, Parade, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Travel & Leisure, and MOJO. He is the radio columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has co-anchored KTVU-TV’s coverage of the Chinese New Year Parades since 1997, and won three Emmy awards for his work. He lives in San Francisco and is the subject of an upcoming documentary, Like a Rolling Stone.

Willin’: The Story of Little Feat

Eagles: Taking It To The Limit

Grateful Dead Scrapbook: The Long, Strange Trip in Stories, Photos and Memorabilia

The Doors

Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing, and Life

Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio

The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese-American from Number Two Son to Rock & Roll

Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons

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Georgia Freedman

Georgia Freedman is a food and travel writer. She is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where she has written about everything from the best dim sum in Hong Kong to making tamales. She has also written for Afar, Lucky Peach, Real Simple, Roads and Kingdoms, and other food and travel publications including Saveur magazine, where she was previously the managing editor and worked with some of the best writers and editors in the food world. She is based in the Bay Area.

Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories From China’s Yunnan Province

There’s Always Room for Chocolate: Recipes from Brooklyn’s The Chocolate Room

                                   
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David Fricke


David Fricke has been a music journalist for more than forty years. He has been a senior writer for Rolling Stone since 1985, is the host of The Writer’s Block, a weekly radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio, and is a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism. Fricke has written liner notes to CD reissues by the Velvet Underground, Metallica, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, among others; he was nominated for a Grammy award for his essay in the 2006 boxed set, There Is a Season, by the Byrds. He is a frequent contributor to the British magazine MOJO, was the American correspondent for the British music weekly Melody Maker for nearly two decades, and has appeared in numerous music documentaries.

Elysa Gardner


Elysa Gardner covered music and theater as a reporter and critic at USA Today from 2000-2016. She has also been a senior critic at Rolling Stone, “Night Life” columnist for The New Yorker and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and VH1, where she provided on-air reviews and commentary. She has written for the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, American Theater, Out, Town and Country and Vibe, and appeared on NPR and such programs as Good Morning America, The Today Show and The O’Reilly Factor. She is a board member of the Drama Desk and served on the jury for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in drama. She lives in New York City.

Richard Gehr


Richard Gehr has been writing about music, books, film, television and other aspects of popular culture for more than two decades. He edited artists such as David Lynch and Gary Panter at the Los Angeles Reader in the ‘80s, and has published scores of articles about comics for Artforum, Metropolis, and The Village Voice. He also has written for Rolling Stone, Blender, Vibe, O, The New York Times Book Review and Spin, and has contributed to several books. He is based in New York City.

I Only Read It For The Comics: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists

The Phish Book

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Nelson George


Nelson George is an award-winning author, filmmaker, television producer and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting diverse elements of African-American culture. His books have been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Before Columbus Foundation. As a filmmaker, George was a producer on the Emmy Award winning The Chris Rock Show (HBO) and executive producer of the highly rated American Gangster crime series (BET). He directed Queen Latifah to a Golden Globe in the HBO film Life Support, which he also co-wrote, and was a writer/producer on The Get Down (Netflix); he does most of his work through his production company, Urban Romances.

The Darkest Hearts: A D Hunter Mystery
Forthcoming from Akashic Books August 2020

To Funk and Die in L.A.: A D Hunter Mystery

The Lost Treasures of R&B: A D Hunter Mystery

The Plot Against Hip Hop: A D Hunter Mystery

The Accidental Hunter: A D Hunter Mystery

The Hippest Trip In America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style

Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson

City Kid: A Writer’s Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2008: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country & More

The James Brown Reader: Fifty Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul
edited by Nelson George and Alan Leeds

Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant and Tragic 1980s as Experienced by African-Americans (Previously Known as Blacks and Before That Negroes)

Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, and God
by Russell Simmons and Nelson George

Hip Hop America

The Death of Rhythm and Blues

Blackface: Reflections on African-Americans and the Movies

Buppies, B’boys, Baps and Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul Black Culture

Elevating the Game: Black Men and Basketball

In Living Color: The Authorized Companion to the Fox TV Series

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones

Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound

Night Work: A Novel

Show & Tell

One Woman Short: A Novel

Seduced

Urban Romance

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Holly George-Warren


Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and music consultant. As editorial director of Rolling Stone Press from 1993-2001, she created over forty books, including New York Times bestsellers and ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-winners. She has worked as a curator for the GRAMMY Museum, which opened in L.A. in December 2008, and currently serves on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A two-time Grammy nominee, she teaches Arts Journalism at the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY. She lives in Phoenicia, NY.

Janis: Her Life and Music                                             
Forthcoming from Simon & Schuster October 2019

A Man Called Destruction: The Life & Music of Alex Chilton from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

John Varvatos: Rock In Fashion
with John Varvatos

Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, The Other

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years

Grateful Dead: 365

Public Cowboy #1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry

Punk: 365

The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll

The Working Woman’s Guide To Managing Stress

Musicians in Tune: 75 Contemporary Musicians Discuss the Creative Process

How The West Was Worn: A History of Western Wear

 
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Richard Goldstein


Richard Goldstein is a commentator on popular culture and its relationship to politics and sexuality. He is widely regarded as the founder of rock criticism. For many years, he was the executive editor of The Village Voice, and his work has also appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, New York magazine, The Nation, Harper’s, Artforum, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Tikkun. He has been a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NY1, C-SPAN, ABC (Nightline), and NPR (All Things Considered). Goldstein is an adjunct professor at Hunter College, where he currently teaches courses on popular culture and the Sixties. He is based in New York City.

Another Little Piece of My Heart

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Jane Gottesman


Jane Gottesman was a sports journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle prior to curating the national “Game Face” book and exhibition. She has worked for ABC Sports as a writer, researcher and associate producer on the series A Passion to Play, and “Women in the Game” segments on Wide World of Sports. She is based in New York City and Berkeley.

Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?

Robin Green

Robin Green is a TV writer/producer known for her work with her husband Mitchell Burgess, both as an Executive Producer and writer for The Sopranos on HBO and for creating the CBS drama Blue Bloods, now in its ninth season. She has won four Emmys, as well as several Golden Globes, two Peabodys and a Writers Guild Award, with many nominations for Emmys and WGA awards. She has been a writer at Rolling Stone and California Magazine, and has written for The Boston Real Paper, City Magazine of San Francisco, Ms. Magazine, and the L.A. Times, among others.

The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

Shirley Halperin


Shirley Halperin is the exeucitve editor, music at Variety. An editor, writer, and frequent television commentator, she has worked at Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, and High Times, and has appeared on MTV, VH1 and E!. She is based in Los Angeles.

American Idol: Celebrating 10 Years (The Official Backstage Pass)

Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide
with Steve Bloom

Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life
with Steve Bloom


Elizabeth Hess


Elizabeth Hess was an arts journalist for over twenty years. She has written for The Village Voice, The New York Observer, and The Washington Post, and currently writes about animals for New York Magazine, The Bark, and other publications. Her book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human became Project Nim, a film directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and produced by Simon Chinn. Hess divides her time between New York City and Upstate New York.

Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats and Everyday Heroes in a Country Animal Shelter

 
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Jewly Hight

Jewly Hight is a music journalist and critic. She is an NPR/NPR Music contributor and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, NYMag.com/Vulture, Slate, Billboard, The Oxford American, MTV.com and numerous other outlets. She won the inaugural Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in 2015 and is the author of Right by Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs. She is based in Nashville.

Janet Hopson


Janet Hopson, an award-winning science writer, has authored and co-authored numerous science titles, including Get Fit, Stay Well!, The Nature of Life, Essentials of Biology, and Scent Signals: the Silent Language of Sex. She holds an M.A. in Science Writing from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and Science News , among many other publications. She lives in northern California.

The Magic Trees Of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child’s Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions form Birth to Adolescence
with Marian Diamond

Bill Ivey

Bill Ivey is a writer, teacher, nonprofit executive, and long-time public servant. He is Senior Research Fellow with Americans for the Arts, a Washington-based arts advocacy group, and Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He is past-president of the American Folklore Society and today serves that organization as Senior Advisor for China. Ivey served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, and was team leader for arts and culture in the Barack Obama presidential transition. In 2002 he became founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and since 2001 has been a trustee of the Center for American Progress, a Washington “think-tank.” Ivey is also a four-time Grammy nominee (Best Album notes), and has produced and written television shows for CBS and PBS. He is based in Nashville, Tennessee and Calumet, Michigan.

Folklorizing America: Rebuilding an Enlightened World

Handmaking America: A Back to Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy

Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights

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Booker T Jones


As the keyboardist for the Memphis-based quartet Booker T & the MGs, Booker T Jones performed R&B and funk hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave, and, as a member of the house band for Stax Records, helped define the sound of Southern soul music. Booker T & the MGs are also known for original hit singles like “Green Onions,” and for being one of the first integrated instrumental groups. In 1992, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they received a Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Time is Tight: My Life, Note by Note
Forthcoming from Little, Brown & Company October 2019

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Laura Joplin


Laura Joplin, PhD, is an author and educator. Her training programs for college faculty were supported by the U.S. Department of Education. She has worked as an Executive Coach for Western Management Corporation, in Denver, CO. She currently helps coordinate the Estate of her sister, Janis Joplin. Her biography, Love, Janis inspired the successful Off-Broadway stage play of the same name. Laura is based in northern California.

Love, Janis

Jason King


Jason King is an internationally recognized pop music journalist, musician, DJ, producer, curator, and associate professor of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, of which he is a founding faculty member. He’s written for numerous publications including Vibe, Village Voice, LA Times, Pitchfork, Red Bull Music Academy, NPR, Blender, Slate, Spin, and The Root, and is the author of a book on Michael Jackson. He’s well known as a talking head and cultural critic for numerous documentaries, he hosts and produces NPR Noteworthy, and he is a member of the NPR music team. He also hosted Soundtracks, a CNN podcast, and has contributed to several BBC Radio 2 music documentaries. Now Director of Global Studies at the Clive Davis Institute, he lives in New York and Berlin.

Rhapsody: The Life and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
Forthcoming from HarperCollins/Dey Street


Michael Lang


Michael Lang co-created and produced the original 1969 Woodstock festival. His organization has produced shows for hundreds of artists including the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and has managed various artists. He is a board member of the Woodstock Film Festival and the Felix Foundation for Adoptees, and is based in New York City.

The Road to Woodstock: From the Man Behind the Legendary Festival

Diane and Bernie Lierow


Diane and Bernie Lierow live outside of Nashville, Tennessee. The story of their daughter, Dani, was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning article in the St. Petersburg Times.

Dani’s Story: A Journey From Neglect to Love
by Diane and Bernie Lierow with Kay West

Kurt Loder


Kurt Loder is a longtime film critic, music journalist and television presence and the author of I, Tina, with Tina Turner, and Bat Chain Puller, a collection of his work from Rolling Stone, where he was an editor for nine years. He was an anchor and correspondent for MTV News, as well as the writer and host of MTV’s The Week in Rock for more than a decade. He currently writes about movies for Reason Online and has also guest-starred as himself in numerous films. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Details, New York Magazine, and Time. He currently lives in New York City.

The Good, the Bad and the Godawful: 21st Century Movie Reviews


Kim MacQuarrie


Kim MacQuarrie is a writer, a four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, and an anthropologist. He is the author of four books on Peru, where he lived for five years with a recently-contacted tribe of indigenous Amazonians called the Yora. MacQuarrie currently divides his time between the U.S. and Peru and is directing a 3D IMAX film. He is represented in association with The Soho Agency in the UK.

Life and Death in the Andes

Last Days of the Incas

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Evelyn McDonnell


Evelyn McDonnell has been writing about popular culture for more than 30 years. She has been a pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at San Francisco Weekly. Her writing on music, poetry, theater, and culture has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Travel & Leisure, Us, Billboard, Vibe, Interview, Black Book, and Option. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department and Director of the Journalism Program at Loyola Marymount University.

Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl.

Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways

Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids, and Rock & Roll

Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork

Rent: The Book

Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Soul
co-edited with Ann Powers

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Kembrew McLeod


Kembrew McLeod is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He has published and produced several books and documentaries about music and popular culture, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Slate, Salon, SPIN, MOJO and Rolling Stone. Kembrew’s documentary Copyright Criminals aired on PBS’s Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens series and his 2007 book Freedom Of Expression® received an American Library Association book award. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship to support the writing and research of his book The Downtown Pop Underground. He is based in Iowa City.

The Downtown Pop Underground: New York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock ’n’ roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture

Blondie’s Parallel Lines (33 1/3)

Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World

Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage, and Copyright Law
with Rudolf Kuenzli

Creative Licence: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling
with Peter DiCola

Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property

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Dennis McNally


Dennis McNally received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Desolate Angel, his thesis, became a biography of Jack Kerouac published by Random House in 1979. It brought him to the attention of Jerry Garcia, who tapped McNally to be the band’s official biographer in 1980. McNally assumed publicist duties in 1984 and worked for the organization until 2008. His most recent book, On Highway 61, was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thompson award. He lives in San Francisco.

Jerry On Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews

On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead

Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America

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Paula Mejia


Paula Mejia is an arts and culture critic and journalist, and Culture Editor of Texas Monthly. She is the author of a book about The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy for Bloomsbury Press’s 33 1/3 series (October 2016). Her work has appeared in The Criterion Collection, NewsweekThe New York Times, NPR and Vulture. She has served on panels about music, digital archiving, film and journalism at South By Southwest, the Experience Music Project, the Mezipatra Film Festival and the New Museum, respectively. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Joan Morgan


Joan Morgan is an author and cultural critic who coined the phrase “hip-hop feminism.” A former Executive Editor of Essence, Morgan is a widely sought-after lecturer and commentator on the intersection of women’s issues and hip-hop. An award-winning journalist and provocative cultural critic, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice and has been published by Vibe, Interview, Ms., GIANT, More, Spin, and numerous others. She has appeared on VH1, MTV, BET, and CNN and has taught at Duke University, The New School, and Vanderbilt University. She’s currently a PhD candidate in American Studies at New York University and is based in New York City.

She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip Hop Feminist Breaks it Down


Dan Nadel


Dan Nadel is the Curator at Large for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis. He is the author of numerous books, including the forthcoming Return to Romance from New York Review Comics. Nadel was the co-editor of The Comics Journal from 2011 through 2017; he is published frequently in Art in America, The New York Review of Books, and Artforum. As a curator, Nadel has mounted exhibitions across the nation and world. Nadel’s work as a packager has been recognized with a Grammy Award for Package Design, an Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Publication, and a National Endowment for the Arts Design Innovation Grant, 2004. Nadel has lectured at institutions including Columbia University, MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Only Human: A Biography of Robert Crumb
Forthcoming from Scribner

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Robert K. Oermann


Robert K. Oermann is an award-winning multimedia music journalist. He writes weekly columns for Music Row magazine and has been published in more than 100 other periodicals including Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, The Tennessean and USA Today. Oermann is also a TV and radio script writer/director for dozens of national productions. His honors and awards include the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, the Media Achievement Award from the Country Music Association, Country Music People’s International Media Award, Goldmine’s Best Historical Writer, and SESAC’s Journalistic Achievement Award. He has authored eight books and penned liner notes for more than 100 albums and boxed-sets. Oermann has lectured on popular music, journalism and country music at many colleges and universities, and lives in Nashville with his wife and co-author Mary A. Bufwack.

Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain: Tales of Romance and Tragedy

Little Miss Dynamite: The Life and Times of Brenda Lee 
by Brenda Lee and Julie Clay with Robert Oermann

Finding Her Voice: Women in Country Music
with Mary A. Bufwack

The Century of Country: An Illustrated History of Country Music

America’s Music: The Roots of Country

The Estate of Robert Palmer


Robert Palmer was the first chief pop music critic for The New York Times, a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, and his articles have appeared in many other publications. Few music writers have been as influential as Robert Palmer, who throughout his long career proved himself an authority on jazz, blues, rock, punk, avant-garde and world music criticism, discovering new artists and scenes years (sometimes decades) ahead of fashion. An author of several books, he taught American music at Yale, Bowdoin, the Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn College, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Mississippi. Robert Palmer died in 1997.

Blues and Chaos: The Music Writings of Robert Palmer 
edited by Anthony DeCurtis

Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History

Patricia Pearson


Patricia Pearson is an award-winning author and the recipient of three Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Arthur Ellis Award for best Canadian nonfiction crime writing, and a North American Travel Journalism Association award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, National Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, More, The Globe and Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Business Week, NPR, CBC Television, The History Channel, and TV Ontario, among many others. In 2003, she was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, Canada’s version of the Mark Twain prize. She lives in Toronto.

Theresa Allore
with John Allore
Forthcoming from Random House Canada

Opening Heaven’s Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death, and What Comes After

A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine

Area Woman Blows Gasket: And Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier

Believe Me

Playing House

When She Was Bad: How And Why Women Get Away With Murder

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Bruce Porter


Bruce Porter has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Newsweek , and many other publications. Porter worked for many years as a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is currently a visiting professor for the Bard College Prison Initiative. He lives in New York City.

Snatched: From Drug Queen to Informer to Hostage–A Harrowing True Story

Blow: How a Small-town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All

Ann Powers


One of the nation’s most notable music critics, Ann Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR’s blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011. Powers served as chief pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until she joined NPR; prior to the Los Angeles Times, she was senior critic at Blender, a pop critic at The New York Times, and a senior editor at The Village Voice. The co-author of Tori Amos’ New York Times bestselling memoir, she won the 42nd annual ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 2010. She is based in Nashville, TN.

Joni Mitchell
Forthcoming from HarperCollins/Ecco

Good Booty: Sex and Love, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2010: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country & More
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Tori Amos: Piece by Piece
by Tori Amos and Ann Powers

Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America

Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Soul
co-edited with Evelyn McDonnell

Parke Puterbaugh


A writer for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty-five years, and frequent contributor to Sound + Vision, Outside, and Men’s Journal, Parke Puterbaugh is also the author of numerous travel books, one of which earned an award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2004. He has worked as a writer and editor for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum since its inception and co-edited I Want to Take You Higher: The Psychedelic Era for the museum. He lives in Greensboro, N.C.

Carolina Beach Music
Forthcoming from The University of North Carolina Press

Phish: The Biography

Mark Richardson


Mark Richardson has been writing about music, culture, and technology for more than 20 years and served as the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor of the online music magazine Pitchfork from 2011-2018. During his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, Pitchfork won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in Digital Media, and Mark has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards since 2014. He is the author of Zaireeka, a book in the 33 1/3 series about the Flaming Lips album of the same name. Mark taught a course on music writing at Columbia College Chicago and his work has appeared in publications including the Village Voice, Washington City Paper, and MetroTimes Detroit. He has served on panels and delivered lectures on music and cultural criticism to students and professionals throughout the U.S. and internationally.

The Estate of Suze Rotolo


Suze Rotolo was an artist based in New York City. She died in February 2011.

A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties

Ben Sandmel


Ben Sandmel is a New Orleans-based journalist, folklorist, drummer, and producer. He is the author of Zydeco!, a collaboration with photographer Rick Olivier. He has played on and produced four albums, including Boogie Bill Webb’s Drinkin’ & Stinkin’ and the Hackberry Ramblers’ Grammy-nominated Deep Water. Since 1996 he has produced the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, the interview and oral history venue at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times Magazine. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Musicology at Tulane University and is based in New Orleans.

Ernie K-Doe: The R & B Emperor of New Orleans

Riam Shammaa


Dr. Riam Shammaa is a pioneer scientist in regenerative and translational medicine and holds multiple patents in the field. He conducted the first successful spinal discs repair using stem cells in Canada. He also pioneered non-surgical hip and knee repairs for avascular necrosis using stem cell transplants. He is the founder of the Canadian Centres for Regenerative Therapy (CCRT), the first recognized private cell therapy centers in Canada. Dr. Shammaa is also a co-founder of Freyja Therapeutics, a clinical–stage company with a platform based on umbilical cord stem cells for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. He is an active member of the boards of directors of multiple biotechnology companies.

Looks Can Kill: A Doctor’s Journey through Steroids, Addiction and Online Fitness Culture
with Patricia Pearson
Forthcoming from Penguin Random House Canada January 2020

Sylvie Simmons


Sylvie Simmons is a widely regarded writer and rock historian. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Times, The Guardian, The Mirror, Rolling Stone, The Independent, The Radio Times, Harp, Blender, San Francisco Chronicle, Americana, and MOJO. Simmons has appeared in several radio, television, and film documentaries and has written a number of liner notes for artists ranging from David Bowie to Emmylou Harris, Leonard Cohen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers; she is a recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Simmons is from London and is currently based in San Francisco.

Face It
by Debbie Harry with Sylvie Simmons
Forthcoming from HarperCollins/Dey Street October 2019

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

Too Weird for Ziggy

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Michael Sragow


Michael Sragow is a film critic for Film Comment, a programmer for The Criterion Channel, and the curator of the Moviegoer series for the Library of America. He edited the Library of America’s two volumes on James Agee’s fiction and nonfiction writing, as well as Produced and Abandoned: The National Society of Film Critics Write on the Best Films You’ve Never Seen. A former movie columnist for Salon and film critic for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Boston Phoenix, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Weekly, The Baltimore Sun, the Orange County Register, The Atlantic and The New York Times, he is based in Los Angeles. 

Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master

Robin Stone


Robin Stone is an independent journalist whose work focuses primarily on health, children, families, and parenting. Former Founding Editor-in-Chief of Essence.com, as well as the Executive and Deputy editor for the magazine, she has also worked at Health, The New York Times, Essence, Glamour, Family Circle, The Boston Globe and The Detroit Free Press. In 2003, Stone was selected by the Kaiser Family Foundation as a Kaiser Media Fellow, where she researched and reported on sexual abuse in black families. She has taught magazine editing and production as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, and advanced reporting at City College. Stone is a Board Member of Greenhope Services for Women, a residential drug treatment center for formerly incarcerated women, and a former Vice-President/Print of the National Association of Black Journalists, where she founded the Student Education, Enrichment and Development (SEED) committee and co-founded its Boot Camp for beginning journalists. Stone, a Detroit native, lives in New York City.

My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York Times by Gerald Boyd
edited by Robin Stone

No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse

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Ned Sublette


Ned Sublette writes about music, culture, and politics in the Afro-Atlantic world. A 2005-2006 Guggenheim Fellow, he has written for The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Nation, Counterpunch, World Policy Journal, Vibe, Tracks and Island and is the author of Cuba and Its Music: From The First Drums To The Mambo, which won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 2005. He received the Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship in 2010-11 from the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Well known as a singer-songwriter, his songs include Willie Nelson’s 2006 hit “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other),” and his albums include Cowboy Rumba (Palm Pictures) and Kiss You Down South. As a record and radio producer, he produced many episodes of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide beginning in 1990. That same year he co-founded Qbadisc, the record label that pioneered contemporary Cuban music in the United States in the early ’90s. He lives in New York City with his wife and collaborator Constance.

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry
with Constance Sublette

The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

John Swenson


John Swenson has been writing about popular music for over 45 years, specializing in the music of New Orleans; many of his articles have won press club awards and have been anthologized. He was a syndicated music columnist for more than 20 years at United Press International and Reuters, has published 14 books and has worked as an editor for Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Circus, Rock World, and OffBeat magazines. He also edited several classic reference books for Rolling Stone Press. Additionally, he has appeared on NPR, SIRIUS radio and New Orleans’ WWOZ and is a guest lecturer at Tulane University. He splits his time between Brooklyn and New Orleans.

New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans

Switched on Pop


Switched on Pop is a podcast on the Vox Media Podcast Network analyzing contemporary pop music. It has been listed as a top music podcast by NPR, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, AV Club, and Chicago Reader. Switched on Pop has been cited, and Charlie and Nate have appeared as experts, in The Atlantic, VICE, Houston Press, Fuse, The Stranger, OZY, Portland Mercury, and Billboard. Journalists, musicians, composers, musicologists and philosophers have all appeared as guests on the show.

Nate Sloan is a musicologist, performer and educator based in Los Angeles. He received his PhD from Stanford University and currently teaches at the University of Southern California. Nate is host of the music podcast Switched on Pop and a pop music panelist on Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Radio’s Day 6. Nate is also an award-winning performer and composer. His two-man vaudeville act “The Gideon and Hubcap Show” has played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at the Soho Theatre in London, and Nate composed the score for the 2014 SXSW Short Doc prize film Slomo.

Charlie is the co-host of Switched On Pop, a songwriter and longtime musical collaborator with his co-host Nate Sloan. Charlie also works in the humanitarian sector, serving as the Director of Product Management at Ushahidi, which builds crowdsourcing software to help people raise their voice. Previously, Charlie worked for Google and Google.org where he worked on internet access software and infrastructure projects to bridge the digital divide in the developing world. He also co-founded Runa, a social enterprise tea company that works with over 2,000 indigenous farming families.

SWITCHED ON POP: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters
Forthcoming from Oxford University Press January 2020

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John Szwed


John Szwed was director of the Center for Jazz Studies and is a former professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York; he is also the former John M. Musser Professor of Anthropology, African American Studies, and Film Studies at Yale University. He has authored or edited eighteen books and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and many other publications. He has received fellowships from the John M. Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has produced several recordings and has appeared in a number of documentaries and television specials; as a jazz musician, he played the bass and trombone professionally for over a decade. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Ohio State University and currently lives in Philadelphia.

Harry Smith: A Biography
Forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra
Revised edition forthcoming from Duke University Press

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

So What: The Life of Miles Davis

Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

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Paul Trynka


Paul Trynka was the reviews editor of MOJO, working at the magazine from 1996-2004. He has also worked for Q, The Guitar Magazine, Elle, Blueprint, The Wire, Shortlist Inventory, and International Musician. The author of many books on popular culture, he lives in London. Co-agented with The Soho Agency in London.

Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

David Bowie: Starman

Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed

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Jessica Vitkus


Jessica Vitkus is an award-winning television producer and writer. Her work has appeared in Domino, Slate, Elle, Martha Stewart Living and InStyle. Jessica was a producer for MTV News and Specials, wrote for Pop-Up Video and DL Hughley Breaks the News, and wrote and produced field segments for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She co-wrote MTV teen dramady My Life As Liz and more recently executive-produced the Too Cute series for Animal Planet and Double Divas for Lifetime. She is based in New York City.

CRAFTING CHANGE: Helping Community and Country Through Hand-Made Activism
Forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Moregasm: Babeland’s Guide to Mind-Blowing Sex By Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning


Elijah Wald


Elijah Wald has been a folk blues guitarist since childhood and a writer for more than thirty years, and his work has appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Tower Pulse, Songlines, Sing Out, Living Blues, and The Boston Globe, where he served as world music critic throughout the 1990s. He won a Grammy in 2002 for his album notes for The Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box, and has produced several albums and recorded two of his own. He has taught blues history at UCLA and lectured widely on American, Mexican, and world music. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and sociolinguistics. Wald is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

Talking ‘Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap

The Blues: A Very Short Introduction

How The Beatles Destroyed Rock & Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music

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David Wild


David Wild has been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone for over two decades. A former editor and writer for Esquire, he has been active in writing and producing for television – his credits include working on the Grammy, Emmy and Oscar award shows and he was nominated for an Emmy for America: A Tribute to Heroes. He has written liner note essays for dozens of artists including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Randy Newman and others. Wild has also appeared frequently as a pop culture commentator on shows for Bravo, A&E, MSNBC, VH-1 and MTV, and has lectured on pop culture at dozens of universities around the county. He lives in Los Angeles.

Everybody’s Brother
by CeeLo Green with Big Gipp and David Wild

Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me
by Brad Paisley with David Wild

He Is…I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond

Heart Full of Soul: An Inspirational Memoir About Finding Your Voice and Finding Your Way
by Taylor Hicks with David Wild

Friends ’til the End: The Official Celebration of All Ten Years

The Showrunners: A Season Inside The Billion-Dollar, Death-Defying, Madcap World of Television’s Real Stars

Seinfeld: The Totally Unauthorized Tribute…Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

Friends: The Official Companion


Sue Williamson


Sue Williamson is the founding editor of artthrob.co.za, the leading online magazine on contemporary art in South Africa, and regularly contributes to international art journals. An author and practicing artist herself, Williamson’s work has been exhibited in institutions such as the Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of African Art, Washington, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

South African Art Now

Chris Willman


Chris Willman is a regular contributor to TV Guide, the beat writer for the NCIS franchise, Yahoo!’s featured breaking music news blogger, and the former music critic for Entertainment Weekly and The Wrap/Reuters. His reviews and features have appeared in Parade, Rolling Stone, New York, Spin, People, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, AARP, The San Francisco Chronicle, Paste, Relix, The Men’s Book, and CMT.com; his work has been selected for the annual Best Music Writing book series. He has also provided liner notes for boxed sets and CD packages from Steely Dan, the Dixie Chicks, Randy Newman, T Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, George Jones, and Steve Taylor. He lives in Los Angeles.

Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music


Douglas Wolk


Douglas Wolk is the lead graphic novel reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and has written about graphic novels and comics for Time, the Los Angeles Times,the Washington Post, and Print magazine, among others. Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean won both of the comics industry’s major awards: the Will Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book and the Harvey Award for Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation. His comics include the 2014 miniseries Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two, as well as a Kindle Single about comics culture (Comic-Con Strikes Again!). Wolk teaches comics writing at Portland State University, lectures, and has moderated panels at most of the major American comics conventions, including Comic-Con International San Diego, New York Comic-Con, Emerald City Comic-Con and Rose City Comic-Con. He has been awarded the Getty/USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Fellowship and a Mid-Career Fellowship with Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism Program. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

All of the Marvels: What I Learned from Reading 25,000 Superhero Comic Books
Forthcoming from Penguin Press

Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean

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Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in Fast Company, The American Prospect, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. She served as deputy editor at Gourmet, articles editor at OnEarth, and executive editor at both Whole Living and Modern Farmer magazines. An honors graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, she is the recipient of a James Beard Award for feature writing and of numerous fellowships, including the Alicia Patterson Fellowship in 2016. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Planet Palm: The Ugly Truth About the Little Fruit that Conquered the World
Forthcoming from The New Press