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Name:  Jim DeRogatis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey


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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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