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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Greg Kot  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Kot lives on Chicago's Northwest Side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Since 1990, Kot has been the music critic at the ''Chicago Tribune'' since 1990 and is co-host of the public radio show ''Sound Opinions''. He has written several books, including Ripped'': How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music'' and ''Wilco: Learning How to Die'' and co-wrote ''The Beatles vs the Rolling Stone: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry''. He has also been a regular contributor to ''Rolling Stone'', and has written for a dozen national publications, including ''Details'', ''Blender'', ''Entertainment Weekly'', ''Men's Journal'', ''Guitar World'', ''Vibe'' and ''Request''.

Published Works

    Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music , Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music , 2010Wilco: Learning How to Die, Broadway, 2004Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball, Human Kinetics Publishers, 2008The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry , MBI Publishing Company, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ripped :
ISBN: 1416547312. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. 2010.

"Ripped" tells the story of how the laptop generation created a new grassroots music industry, with the fans and bands rather than the corporations in charge. In this new world, bands aren't just musicmakers but self-contained multimedia businesses; and fans aren't just consumers but distributors and even collaborators.

Wilco :
ISBN: 0767915585. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2004.

Traces Jeff Tweedy's path from his groundbreaking first band, Uncle Tupelo, to forming Wilco with guitarist Jay Bennett, to the pair's recent, acrimonious breakup. Conveys how the pressures on a successful band can be just as trying as those a struggling one suffers.

Survival guide for coaching youth basketball /
ISBN: 0736073833. OCLC Number:

Human Kinetics,. Champaign, IL :. ©2009.

"Be prepared this season with Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball. This easy-to-follow guide will walk you through the essential drills and knowledge that every inexperienced youth basketball coach needs. Develop your team?s skills in practice and run effective plays to make this season rewarding and fun for you and your team."--Publisher's website.

The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones :
ISBN: 0760338132. OCLC Number:

Voyageur Press,. Minneapolis :. 2010.

Two of the world's preeminent music journalists tackle the liveliest debate in rock history: which band is the greatest ever-the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? More than two dozen topics of debate are addressed, with cases being made both for the lads from Liverpool and rock's proto bad boys. From the Cavern and Crawdaddy clubs through head to head comparisons of specific albums (e.g., Exile or "the White Album"?), members' roles within the bands, the Svengali like managers, influential producers, musical influences, and more, this is the book that dares confront the topics over which fans have agonized for years. Illustrated throughout with photography and memorabilia.

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