Join The Friends of the Library as we welcome Jim DeRogatis, journalist, author and English Department faculty member for our spring Signature Showcase. The title of his talk, The Curated Experience: We Don't Need No Stinking Critics... Or Do We? will set the stage for a lively discussion about what he knows best - the music scene. Copies of several of Mr. DeRogatis' books will be available for sale and signing after the program.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Columbia College Chicago Library, 3rd Floor North
624 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ’n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, and together with Greg Kot, he co-hosts Sound Opinions, the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show, originating from WBEZ Chicago and syndicated to more than 100 stations nationally via PRX. He spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times before moving into academia full-time in the spring of 2010, though he still writes entirely too much music criticism and journalism for his Pop N Stuff column on the WBEZ Web Site.
DeRogatis is the author of nine books, including Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips (Broadway Books, 2006); Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Hal Leonard, 2003, a greatly expanded edition of the book originally published as Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock from the '60s to the '90s, Citadel Underground, 1996); Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s ( Da Capo, 2003), and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic (Broadway Books, 2000).
For more information about Jim DeRogatis and his work, go to: http://jimdero.com and http://www.soundopinions.org/.