Ann Powers (born 4 February 1964) is an American writer and pop music critic. Powers has been writing about popular music and society since the early 1980s. The author of such books as Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and coeditor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap, she has written for various publications like the New York Times, Blender Magazine, and the Village Voice. She currently writes for NPR Music, and is a contributor for The Los Angeles Times.
A Seattle, Washington native, she has written for many music publications, and her work has been widely anthologized. While still a teenager, she began writing about music in the now-defunct Seattle music tabloid The Rocket. After a brief stint at the New York Times in 1992-93, she was an editor for the Village Voice from 1993 until 1996, then returned to the Times as a pop critic from 1997 until 2001. From 2001 until May 2005, she was senior curator at the Experience Music Project, an interactive music museum in Seattle. After a brief tenure as Blender magazine's senior critic, in March 2006 she accepted a position as chief pop-music critic at the Los Angeles Times, where she succeeded Robert Hilburn.
In 2005, Powers co-wrote the book Piece by Piece with musician Tori Amos. The book discusses the role of women in the modern music industry, and features information about composing, touring, performance, and the realities of the music business. Powers and Amos complemented the publication of the book with the event "An Evening with Tori Amos" in New York City on February 24, 2005, where they discussed themes explored in the book.
Powers was one of the winners of the 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards (2010).
- Roderick, Kevin. "Critic Ann Powers leaves L.A. Times for NPR". LA Observed. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
- Patrick MacDonald, Ann Powers named L.A. Times pop critic, Seattle Times, March 7, 2006
- 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced, ASCAP, 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "Sharing Rebecca". Parenting. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
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