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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim DeRogatis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non Fiction

Born: 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey

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Illinois Connection

He lives on the North Side of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim DeRogatis is the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, and together with Greg Kot, he co-hosts ''Sound Opinions'', the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show, originating from Chicago Public Radio and syndicated nationally via American Public Media. He is also a lecturer in the English department at Columbia College Chicago and writes about popular music for WBEZ Chicago's Vocalo blogs. DeRogatis is the author of several books: ''Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips''; ''Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock''; ''Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s'', and ''Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic''. Together with his wife, Carmél Carrillo-DeRogatis, he also edited an anthology entitled ''Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics'' and he has written for numerous magazines, including ''Spin'', ''Guitar World'', ''Modern Drummer'', ''Penthouse'', and ''GQ'', in addition to serving as an assistant editor at ''Request'' and, briefly, ''Rolling Stone''.

Published Works

  • The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry, Voyageur Press, 2010
  • Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic, Broadway, 2000
  • The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side, Voyageur Press, 2009
  • Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips, Broadway, 2006
  • Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock, Hal Leonard, 2003
  • Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian, Schiffer Publishing, 2008
  • Milk It: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s, Da Capo Press , 2003
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock from the '60s to the '90s (Citadel Underground Series), Carol Publishing Corporation, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

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.

Let it blurt :
ISBN: 0767905091. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2000.

"Let It Blurt is the biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82) - the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock criticism. He lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, guzzling booze and Romilar like water, matching its energy in prose that erupted from the pages of Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. Bangs agitated in the seventies for sounds that were harsher, louder, more electric, and more alive, in the course of which he charted and defined the aesthetics of heavy metal and punk. He was treated as a peer by such brash visionaries as Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Captain Beef-heart, The Clash, Debbie Harry, and other luminaries."--Jacket.

The Velvet Underground :
ISBN: 0760336725. OCLC Number:

Voyageur Press,. Minneapolis :. 2009.

A biography of influential rock band 'The Velvet Underground', this book is published to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the founding of the band.

Staring at sound :
ISBN: 0767921402. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. ©2006.

A history of "one of the best-known cult bands in rock history," including material on founder Wayne Coyne.

Turn on your mind :
ISBN: 0634055488. OCLC Number:

Hal Leonard,. Milwaukee, WI :. ©2003.

Updated version of: Kaleidoscope eyes: psychedelic rock from the '60s to the '90s.

Sheperd Paine :
ISBN: 0764329294. OCLC Number:

Schiffer Pub.,. Atglen, PA :. ©2008.

Milk it! :
ISBN: 0306812711. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Press,. Cambridge, MA :. 2003.

Kaleidoscope eyes :
ISBN: 0806517883. OCLC Number:

Carol Pub. Group,. [Secaucus, N.J.] :. ©1996.

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