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Tim Riley (music critic)

Tim Riley (born 1960)[1] reviews pop and classical music for NPR,[2] and has written for The New York Times,[3] truthdig, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and He was trained as a classical pianist[2] at Oberlin College[4] and Eastman School of Music.[5]

Since 2009, he has taught digital journalism at Emerson College in Boston.[6] Brown University sponsored Riley as Critic-In Residence in 2008,[6] and his first book, Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), 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,[7] PBS NewsHour,[8] CBS Morning and Evening News, MTV, and the History Channel.

Riley gave a keynote address at Beatles 2000, the first international academic conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland.[5] Since then, he has given lectures on censorship in the arts and rock history.[6] His current projects include the music metaportal Riley Rock Index,[9] and a biography of John Lennon (Hyperion, 2011),[10][11] which was included in Kirkus Review's list of the Best Nonfiction of 2011.[12]


  • Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (1988), ISBN 978-0394550619
  • Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (1992), ISBN 978-0394578897
  • Madonna Illustrated (1992), ISBN 978-1562829834
  • Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America (2004), ISBN 978-0312286118
  • Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life (2011), ISBN 978-1401324520


  1. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (June 19, 1988). "IN SHORT: NONFICTION". New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cantrell, Cindy (November 6, 2011). "Concord author writes a John Lennon biography". Boston Globe. Retrieved September 16, 2012. ()
  3. ^ Riley, Tim (December 6, 2013). "‘Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Volume 1,’ by Mark Lewisohn". New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Alumni News". Conservatory Magazine. Oberlin College. Fall 1998. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Alumni Notes". Eastman Notes. Eastman School of Music. Spring–Summer 2002. p. 28. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Journalism Faculty - Tim Riley". Emerson College. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Morning Joe". MSNBC. October 14, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Brown, Jeffrey (September 9, 2009). "Decades Later, Beatles Hits Continue to Draw New Fans". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Riley Rock Index". Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Parker, James (October 7, 2011). "John Lennon’s Primal Screams". New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nonfiction Review: Lennon: the Man, the Myth, the Music--the Definitive Life". Publishers Weekly. July 11, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Liebtrau, Eric (editor). "Best Nonfiction of 2011". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 

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