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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


-- Website -- http://www.jimdero.com/index.htm
-- Jim DeRogatis on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jim++derogatis

E-Mail: -- jimdero@jimdero.com


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''.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

Kaleidoscope eyes :
ISBN: 0806517883. OCLC Number: 33898739

Carol Pub. Group,. .

Let it blurt :
ISBN: 9780307487407. OCLC Number: 869405373

Broadway Books,. .

Let It Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)--the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock criticism. No writer on rock 'n' roll ever lived harder or wrote better--more passionately, more compellingly, more penetratingly. 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 Beefheart, The Clash, Debbie Harry, and other luminaries. Let It Blurt is a scrupulously researched account of Lester Bangs's fascinating (if often tawdry and unappetizing) life story, as well as a window on rock criticism and rock culture in their most turbulent and creative years. It includes a never-before-published piece by Bangs, the hilarious How to Be a Rock Critic, in which he reveals the secrets of his dubious, freeloading trade. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Let it blurt :
ISBN: 0767905091. OCLC Number: 41944708

Broadway Books,. .

"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.

Milk it! :
ISBN: 0306812711. OCLC Number: 53895894

Da Capo Press,. .

Sheperd Paine :
ISBN: 0764329294. OCLC Number: 317982890

Schiffer Pub.,. .

Staring at sound :
ISBN: 9780307419316. OCLC Number: 869405372

Three Rivers Press,. .

An engrossing and intimate portrait of the Oklahoma-based psychedelic pop band the Flaming Lips, cult heroes to millions of indie-rock fans. In July 2002, the Flaming Lips released an ambitious album called Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, which merged elements of orchestral pop, electronic dance music, and old-fashioned psychedelic rock with lyrical themes that were simultaneously poignant and philosophical and supremely silly. The album sold a million copies worldwide, introduced the Flaming Lips to a mass audience, and made them one of the best-known cult bands in rock history. Staring at Sound is the tale of the Flaming Lips's fascinating career (which, in reality, began in 1983) and the many colorful personalities in their orbit, especially Wayne Coyne, their charismatic and visionary founder. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the band, it follows the Flaming Lips through the thriving indie-rock underground of the 1980s and the alternative-rock movement of the early '90s, during which they found fans in such rock legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, and Devo, and respected peers in such acts as the White Stripes, Radiohead, and Beck. It concludes with exclusive coverage of the creation of the group's latest album, At War with the Mystics.

Staring at sound :
ISBN: 0767921402. OCLC Number: 62290607

Broadway Books,. .

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

The Velvet Underground :
ISBN: 9781584233794. OCLC Number: 699837663

Gingko Press,. .

The Velvet Underground :
ISBN: 0760336725. OCLC Number: 308175385

Voyageur Press,. .

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.

Turn on your mind :
ISBN: 0634055488. OCLC Number: 52423927

Hal Leonard,. .

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