Sound Opinions--Influence of Albums from 50 Years Ago: Online Event

Thursday, June 23, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, hosts of the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show, Sound Opinions, celebrate Chicago music.

Some fans think the innovations that continue to echo in popular music today came in the 1960s. Greg and Jim will make the case that 1972 was actually every bit as creative and influential in the long term. They'll examine the albums they think were enduring masterpieces created a half-century ago, and follow their threads into the present.

Sound Opinions is a good source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week on the show, Jim and Greg interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases, and give trends a historical context. Sound Opinions can be heard on WBEZ and 150 other public radio stations across the country. Learn more at soundopinions.org.

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About the Hosts

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ‘n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is a full-time lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago and writes about popular music for WBEZ Chicago. He spent 15 years as the rock critic at The Chicago Sun-Times and covers news and culture as a freelance writer, including contributions to The New Yorker. He is the author of 10 books, among them Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic, and the critically acclaimed Soulless: The Case against R. Kelly. He has played in punk-rock bands since age 13 but jokes that he is a drummer, not a musician. He lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife, while his daughter pursues musical theater. Find works by DeRogatis in the library catalog.

Greg Kot spent 30 years as the music critic at the Chicago Tribune, where he covered popular music and reported on music-related social, political, and business issues. He has written several books, including I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era and Wilco: Learning How to Die. He has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, the Velvet Underground, Queen, Aerosmith, R.E.M., and the Beatles. A longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Greg has written for a dozen national publications, including Details, Blender, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, and Request. He has lived on Chicago's Northwest Side through numerous character-building winters with his wife, two daughters, and far too many records. Find works by Kot in the library catalog.

Closed-captioning will be available for this program.

This program is presented by Arlington Height Memorial Library and Skokie Public Library in collaboration with other Illinois libraries.