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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

We're Gonna Need a Smaller Tea Cup

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 6:40 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 | 4:12 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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