PopMatters is an international online magazine of cultural criticism that covers aspects of popular culture. PopMatters publishes reviews, interviews, and essays on cultural products and expressions in areas such as music,television, films, books, video games, comics, sports, theater, visual arts, travel, and the Internet.
PopMatters was founded by Sarah Zupko, who had previously established the cultural studies academic resource site PopCultures.PopMatters launched in late 1999 as a sister site providing original essays, reviews and criticism of various media products. Over time, the site went from a weekly publication schedule to a five-day-a-week magazine format, expanding into regular reviews, features, and columns. In the fall of 2005, monthly readership exceeded one million.
From 2006 onward, PopMatters produced several syndicated newspaper columns for McClatchy-Tribune News Service.By 2009 there were four different pop culture related columns each week.
The PopMatters Book Imprint published Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion, edited by Mary Money, with Titan Books in May 2012. The imprint also published four books in a series with Counterpoint/Soft Skull –2009 including China Underground by Zachary Mexico, Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music by Edward Whitelock and David Janssen, Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists by Iain Ellis, and The Solitary Vice: Against Reading by Mikita Brottman.in 2008
PopMatters publishes content from worldwide contributors. Its staff includes writers from backgrounds ranging from academics and professional journalists to career professionals and first time writers. Many of its writers are published authorities in various fields of study.Notable former contributors include David Weigel, political reporter for Slate , Steven Hyden, staff writer for Grantland and author of Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?, and Rob Horning, executive editor of The New Inquiry. Karen Zarker is the senior editor.
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Go-Set was the first Australian pop music newspaper, published weekly from 2 February 1966 to 24 August 1974, and was founded in Melbourne by Phillip Frazer, Peter Raphael and Tony Schauble. Widely described as a pop music "bible", it became an influential publication, introduced the first national pop record charts and featured many notable contributors including fashion designer Prue Acton, journalist Lily Brett, rock writer / band manager Vince Lovegrove, music commentator Ian "Molly" Meldrum, rock writer / music historian Ed Nimmervoll and radio DJ Stan Rofe. It spawned the original Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine in late 1972.
Roz Kaveney is a British writer, critic, and poet, best known for her critical works about pop culture and for being a core member of the Midnight Rose collective. Kaveney's works include fiction and non-fiction, poetry, reviewing, and editing. Kaveney is also a civil liberties and transgender rights activist. She has contributed to several newspapers such as The Independent and The Guardian. She is also a founding member of Feminists Against Censorship and a former deputy chair of Liberty. She was an editor of the transgender-related magazine META.
Kelefa T. Sanneh is an American journalist and music critic. From 2000 to 2008, he wrote for The New York Times, covering the rock and roll, hip-hop, and pop music scenes. Since 2008 he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker. Sanneh published Major labels: A history of popular music in seven genres in 2021.
Brad Listi is an American author and podcast host. His first novel, Attention. Deficit. Disorder., was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2006, and became a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. His second book, Board, co-authored with Justin Benton, is an experimental nonfiction literary collage published by TNB Books, the publishing imprint of the online culture magazine and literary collective The Nervous Breakdown, of which Listi is the founding editor. TNB has more than 1,000 contributors and featured authors and a monthly book club, the TNB Book Club. Listi's second novel, 'Be Brief And Tell Them Everything,' was released in 2022 by Ig Publishing.
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