The Eclectic Society and the Music Department are extremely proud to present a moderated conversation between Greg Kot and Jim Derogatis, two of the nation’s preeminent music critics…
Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions, an NPR podcast, is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. In addition, they are the top music critics and dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers, the Chicago Sun-Times (Jim) and the Chicago Tribune (Greg). Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from cutting-edge underground rock and hip-hop, to classic rock, R&B, electronica, worldbeat, or just about any other genre you can name.
Sound Opinions’ consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert with a sly wink to the MTV generation.
This conversation, moderated by Brian Long (founder of Astralwerks Records, owner of Yes Know Management), will feature lively and provocative commentary on the future of music and the music industry, the best rock movies ever made, and how great rock bands really work (i.e. Wilco, Velvet Underground, The Flaming Lips).
Date: April 15
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Place: CFA Hall (old cinema)
-Greg Kot wrote the Wilco autobiography, “Learning How to Die.”
-Kot also wroted the recently published “Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music” (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/books/review/Jennings-t.html?_r=4&ref=book)
-Jim Derogatis was a key witness in R.Kelly’s trial, as he broke the story of Kelly’s sex with a 14 year old when he received an anonymous copy of the infamous videotape.
-Derogatis wrote “Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock” and “Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous The Flaming Lips”
-Jim and Greg are also both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation’s most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe.
-Their podcast can be downloaded here:
Past guests include She & Him, The Jesus Lizard, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Anthony Bourdain, Spoon, The New Pornographers, The Flaming Lips, Feist, and DJ Shadow