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NPR Critic; Author; Emerson College Professor
NPR CRITIC, EMERSON COLLEGE PROFESSOR and AUTHOR TIM RILEY reviews pop and classical music for NPR's HERE AND NOW, and has written for truthdig.com, 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 INDEX.com, and a major new biography of John Lennon (Hyperion, 2011).