Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions." He has written several books, including "Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music" and Wilco, “Learning How to Die.” Kot is currently working on the biography “I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway,” to be published by Scribner in 2014.
He also coauthored "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry" with his "Sound Opinion" colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot's Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music. A longtime basketball junkie, he coauthored the best-seller "Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball." Kot also has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, and the Beatles. He has written extensively for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as Details, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, Request and other publications.
He lives on Chicago's Northwest Side with his wife, two daughters, and far too many records. Contact him through his Web site, gregkot.com.