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Tim Riley
Tim Riley
© 2011 Richard Pasley

NPR Critic and Emerson College assistant professor Tim Riley reviews pop and classical music for NPR’s Here & Now and On Point, and has written for...

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I Am Brian Wilson


The musician we meet in this book looks back on his mid-’70s Beach Boys caricature with sympathy and dread. As his gentle voice emerges from the pages, a more definitive picture takes shape.

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The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll


This book is the story of Sam Phillips, who created the conditions for rock ’n’ roll, though he never wrote or played on any records, and his quest to rattle the foundations of American music and a country’s ideas about itself.

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Children of the Stone


A fierce 8-year-old Palestinian boy, caught in a famous photograph throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier, grows up to become a great classical violist dedicated to bringing music and musical education to Palestinian children.

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Imagine All My Words


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“The John Lennon Letters” collects and reproduces 285 postcards, telegrams, to-do lists and other writings from the former Beatle’s early childhood to Dec. 8, 1980, hours before he was killed.

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Ain’t It Funky


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When Bootsy Collins defected from James Brown’s band for George Clinton’s, RJ Smith, in his new biography of Brown, gives us the desertion from Brown’s point of view: “You could not copyright a beat, a smell, the One. You made it and then a younger man in an ass-length blond wig marked it up and made it new.”

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Bio

Tim Riley
Tim Riley
© 2011 Richard Pasley

NPR Critic and Emerson College assistant professor Tim Riley reviews pop and classical music for NPR’s Here & Now and On Point, and has written for the Huffington Post, The Washington post, Slate.com and Salon.com. The New York Times hailed his first book, “Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary,” for bringing “new insight to the act we’ve known for all these years…” He has since authored “Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary,” “Madonna: Illustrated,” and “Fever: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Transformed Gender.”

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