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  • Sound Opinions is the world's only rock and roll talk show! The mix is like this: take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions. Before coming to public radio station WBEZ in Chicago in December 2005, Sound Opinions aired for seven successful years on one of the Midwest's most powerful rock radio stations, Chicago's WXRT. Now you can hear it in the Tampa Bay area every Saturday afternoon!
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    Jim DerogatisBorn 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 a full-time lecturer in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, writes the “PopNStuff” music and culture blog for blogs.vocalo.org, and co-hosts Sound Opinions, “the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show,” with Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. The hour-long weekly radio show originates at Chicago Public Radio and is syndicated nationally to some 94 public radio stations in 80 markets ranging from New York to Alaska.

    DeRogatis spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, worked as an editor at Request and Rolling Stones magazines, and has freelanced for too many other publications to count. He also is the author of several books about music, including Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic and Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips (both for Broadway Books); Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s (Da Capo), and Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Hal Leonard). With his wife, Carmél Carrillo, he edited Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics (Barricade Books), and he recently edited and wrote the central essay for The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side (Voyageur Press). His first book with Kot, The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ’n’ Roll Rivalry, will be published by Voyageur in the Fall of 2010. Outside the music realm, he published Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian (Schiffer Books, 2008.)

    DeRogatis lives on the North Side of Chicago, entirely too close to Wrigley Field, and jokes that he is not a musician, but he is a drummer. He has released several albums with his art-punk band Vortis, named after the Vorticist movement of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Wyndham Lewis, which advocated that one “perpetuate violent structures of adolescent clarity” throughout life—as fine a definition of rock ’n’ roll as he can imagine.


    Greg KotGreg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated Sound Opinions. He has written several books, including Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music and Wilco: Learning How to Die. In 2014, Scribner publishes his biography I‘ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway. He also coauthored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry with his Sound Opinions colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot’s Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music. A longtime basketball junkie, he coauthored the best-seller Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball. Kot also has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, and the Beatles. He has written extensively for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as Details, Men’s Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, Request and other publications. Greg lives on Chicago’s Northwest Side with his wife and two daughters.

     

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    Jim DerogatisBorn 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 a full-time lecturer in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, writes the “PopNStuff” music and culture blog for blogs.vocalo.org, and co-hosts Sound Opinions, “the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show,” with Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. The hour-long weekly radio show originates at Chicago Public Radio and is syndicated nationally to some 94 public radio stations in 80 markets ranging from New York to Alaska.

    DeRogatis spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, worked as an editor at Request and Rolling Stones magazines, and has freelanced for too many other publications to count. He also is the author of several books about music, including Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic and Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips (both for Broadway Books); Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s (Da Capo), and Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Hal Leonard). With his wife, Carmél Carrillo, he edited Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics (Barricade Books), and he recently edited and wrote the central essay for The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side (Voyageur Press). His first book with Kot, The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ’n’ Roll Rivalry, will be published by Voyageur in the Fall of 2010. Outside the music realm, he published Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian (Schiffer Books, 2008.)

    DeRogatis lives on the North Side of Chicago, entirely too close to Wrigley Field, and jokes that he is not a musician, but he is a drummer. He has released several albums with his art-punk band Vortis, named after the Vorticist movement of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Wyndham Lewis, which advocated that one “perpetuate violent structures of adolescent clarity” throughout life—as fine a definition of rock ’n’ roll as he can imagine.


    Greg KotGreg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated Sound Opinions. He has written several books, including Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music and Wilco: Learning How to Die. In 2014, Scribner publishes his biography I‘ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway. He also coauthored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry with his Sound Opinions colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot’s Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music. A longtime basketball junkie, he coauthored the best-seller Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball. Kot also has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, and the Beatles. He has written extensively for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as Details, Men’s Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, Request and other publications. Greg lives on Chicago’s Northwest Side with his wife and two daughters.

     

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