Rob Sheffield

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Rob Sheffield
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Rob Sheffield at the 2007 Brooklyn Book Festival
BornRobert James Sheffield
(1966-02-02) February 2, 1966 (age 53)
Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, columnist
Nationality American
Genre Music
pop culture
Renee Crist
(m. 1991;died 1997)

Ally Polak(m. 2006)

Robert James Sheffield (born February 2, 1966) is an American music journalist and author. [1]

Music form of art using sound

Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική . See glossary of musical terminology.

Journalist person who collects, writes and distributes news and other information

A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information to the public. A journalist's work is called journalism. A journalist can work with general issues or specialize in certain issues. However, most journalists tend to specialize, and by cooperating with other journalists, produce journals that span many topics. For example, a sports journalist covers news within the world of sports, but this journalist may be a part of a newspaper that covers many different topics.

An author is the creator or originator of any written work such as a book or play, and is thus also a writer. More broadly defined, an author is "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created.

He is a long time contributing editor at Rolling Stone , writing about music, TV, and pop culture. Previously, he was a contributing editor at Blender , Spin and Details magazines. A native of Milton, Massachusetts, Sheffield has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and master's degree (1991) from the University of Virginia. [2]

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

<i>Blender</i> (magazine) magazine

Blender was an American music magazine that billed itself as "the ultimate guide to music and more". It was also known for sometimes steamy pictorials of celebrities. It compiled lists of albums, artists, and songs, including both "best of" and "worst of" lists. In each issue, there was a review of an artist's entire discography, with each album being analyzed in turn.

Milton, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Milton is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States and an affluent suburb of Boston. The population was 27,003 at the 2010 census. Milton is the birthplace of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and architect Buckminster Fuller. In 2007, 2009, and 2011, Money magazine listed Milton 7th, 5th, and 2nd, respectively, on its annual list of the "Best Places to Live" in the United States.

His first book, Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time (an excerpt of which was featured in the January 2007 issue of GQ ), was released by Random House in January 2007. It was met with much acclaim and was a national bestseller. An excerpt from Sheffield's most recent book, Dreaming the Beatles, was published online by Rolling Stone. [3] USA TODAY gave Dreaming the Beatles three and one-half (out of four) stars and called it a "charming new collection of essays." [4] Spin added that "Dreaming the Beatles is equal parts history and cultural criticism, as Sheffield draws from dozens of sources to lay down the story of how the Beatles came to be, before writing about why any of it matters." [5] MTV opined that "Dreaming the Beatles is one of the best books about the band ever written." [6]

Random House general-interest trade book publisher

Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world. As of 2013, it is part of Penguin Random House, which is jointly owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and British global education and publishing company Pearson PLC.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

Sheffield lives in Brooklyn, New York.[ citation needed ]

Brooklyn Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States

Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County.

New York (state) State of the United States of America

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. To distinguish the state from the city in the state with the same name, it is sometimes called New York State.

Sheffield's second book, released in July 2010, is called Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut .

Sheffield's third book, released in August 2013, is called Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke .

Sheffield's fourth book, released in June 2016, is called On Bowie .

Sheffield's fifth book, released in April 2017, is called Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World .

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  2. Lowery, Samantha (April 14, 2009). "She Lives in Song". University of Virginia Magazine. University of Virginia Alumni Association. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. "Rob Sheffield on the Beatles' Solo Wilderness Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  4. "'Dreaming the Beatles': We love them yeah, yeah, yeah!". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  5. "Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles Is a Fresh Look at the Most Popular Band Ever". Spin. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  6. "Dreaming the Beatles Author Rob Sheffield On The Fab Four's Unstoppable Pop". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-06-29.