Tim Riley (music critic)

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Tim Riley
Tim Riley

1960 (age 6263)
  • Music critic
  • historian
  • biographer

Tim Riley (born 1960) [1] is a music journalist who reviews pop and classical music for NPR, [2] and has written for The New York Times , [3] truthdig, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Slate and Salon.



His first book was Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), a critique of the Beatles' music, which The New York Times said brought "new insight to the act we've known for all these years". [1]

His television appearances include Morning Joe , [4] PBS NewsHour , [5] CBS Morning and Evening News, MTV, and the History Channel.

Since 2009, he has taught digital journalism at Emerson College in Boston. [6] Brown University sponsored Riley as its critic-in-residence in 2008. [6] Riley gave a keynote address at Beatles 2000, the first international academic conference in Jyväskylä, Finland. [7] Since then, he has given lectures on censorship in the arts and rock history. [6] His subsequent projects include the music metaportal Riley Rock Index [8] and a biography of John Lennon (Hyperion, 2011), [9] [10] which was included in Kirkus Reviews' list of the Best Nonfiction of 2011. [11]


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