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Steve Hochman became a rock critic at 7 when the Beatles hit America,
but didn't get paid for the avocation until he was 27. Since then
he's covered the full spectrum of popular -- and unpopular -- music
for the Los Angeles Times, writing the behind-the-scenes column Pop Eye for 14 of those years, as well as contributing regularly to Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and many other major -- and minor -- publications. In addition to his Times work, he currently writes the global music column "Around the World" for AOL's Spinner.com and is heard as pop music critic for radio newsmagazine The California Report, produced by San Francisco public station KQED-FM and aired throughout the state. The most influential non-relative figures on his character have been John Lennon, Willie Mays and Bugs Bunny.