Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about creating How to Be a Rock Critic: Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs.
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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 continues to write about popular music for WBEZ. Together with Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, he co-hosts Sound Opinions —“the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show”—originating at WBEZ and distributed nationally on public radio via PRX.
In his latest tutorial on Chicago’s music history, Jim DeRogatis explores how house music started at a near West Side juice bar.