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Tim Riley
NPR CRITIC, EMERSON COLLEGE PROFESSOR and AUTHOR TIM RILEY reviews pop and classical music for NPR's HERE AND NOW, and has written for, the HUFFINGTON POST, THE WASHINGTON POST, SLATE.COM and SALON.COM. He was trained as a classical pianist at Oberlin and Eastman.

Since 2009, he has taught digital journalism at Emerson College in Boston. Brown University sponsored Riley as Critic-In Residence in 2008, and his first book, Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), was hailed by the New York Times as bringing "new insight to the act we've known for all these years..." His television appearances include the PBS Newshour, 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. For three decades he's given hundreds of lively multi-media lectures on "Censorship in the Arts," and "Rock History." His current projects include the music metaportal, the RILEY ROCK, and a major new biography of John Lennon (Hyperion, 2011).

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Entries by Tim Riley

Acting Matters to David Thomson, Discuss

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 6:19 PM

The cover of David Thomson's beguiling new book, Why Acting Matters, features Andy Serkis as Caesar, the rebel ape from Matt Reeves's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), looking at us from some primitive threshold: preoccupied, questioning, stuck on...

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Little Richard Meets John Lennon

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 5:47 AM


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Beatles books tend to fall into two broad categories: British vs. American authors. The Brits get so many particulars right, and shame us Americans so often, they like to think they own the subject....

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Quote of the Month: Tie!

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM


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Out There: From 1993 to 2002, David Duchovny starred in The X-Files as the persistent and slightly paranoid F.B.I. special agent Fox Mulder, investigator of and true believer in paranormal...
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We're Gonna Need a Smaller Tea Cup

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Bob Dylan's new album Tempest adopts the same downbeat tone he's wielded since winning the Grammy's Album of the Year for Time Out of Mind in 1998. Defenders rave about the "coarse realism" and raw fatigue he exudes, while younger ears puzzle at all the fuss paid to so much...

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Sir Paul: Save Abbey Road

(19) Comments | Posted May 14, 2007 | 3:12 PM

In 1897, a German-American inventor named Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone method of recording, founded the Gramophone Company in London. Five years later, Enrico Caruso recorded 10 songs for Berliner, transforming his company into a dominant force in the recording industry. In March 1931, Gramophone merged with the Columbia...

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