Rob Kirkpatrick

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Rob Kirkpatrick is an American editor, author, and blogger. He has published the books of many well-known authors, primarily in the field of nonfiction. He is also an author in his own right, most notably of the narrative history 1969: The Year Everything Changed, and appears in the History (TV channel) documentary Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America.

Early life[edit]

Rob Kirkpatrick was born and raised in upstate New York. His father was Town Supervisor for Newburgh (town), New York and his mother was a Reading Recovery teacher. Kirkpatrick attended Wallkill Senior High School and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University.

Editorial career[edit]

Kirkpatrick with former MTV VJ Kennedy at a book party in New York City, July 2013

Kirkpatrick has worked as a commissioning editor for imprints at the Greenwood Publishing Group and Globe Pequot Press, and (most recently) St. Martin's Press. He has published a wide range of writers including New York Times bestselling authors Bryan Bishop and Leigh Steinberg, as well as Alex Storozynski, Tom Ridge, Leana Wen, Linda Cohn, Mark Oliver Everett, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, Bud Harrelson, Kurt Loder, Leon Hendrix, Sean Lahman, John Hemingway, Mark K. Updegrove, Ron Christie, Don Ed Hardy, Bill Rodgers (athlete), and Viv Albertine.

In 2012, he published The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret by Kent Hartman, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and won both the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction and the Audie Award for Nonfiction. In 2013, Kirkpatrick published Bill Rodgers' memoir Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World. Moments after winning the 2014 Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi credited Bill Rodgers' book with helping him plan his strategy for the race.[1][2]

Kirkpatrick has acquired the publishing rights to forthcoming memoirs from Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in American history, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Dunaway of the Alice Cooper (band), as well as a book from David Silverman, the president of American Atheists.


Kirkpatrick is the author of Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators: The War-Torn Career of an All-Star Shortstop (2005), Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (2006), and 1969: The Year Everything Changed (2009).

1969 was published in 2009 for the 40th anniversary of that year and was featured in a two-page story by Craig Wilson (columnist) in USA Today.[3] The book received positive reviews from the History (TV channel) Magazine, which called it "A compelling account of the historic year" and Library Journal, which said, "In this compelling account, Kirkpatrick treats the tumultuous events of 1969 with the skills of a journalist, a historian, a sociologist, and a sportswriter and manages to insert moments of lightness and triviality into his grand tour." [4] The book was serialized by both PopMatters and LOST Magazine. Following the publication of 1969, Kirkpatrick appeared as a commentator in the History channel documentary Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America.

2009 also saw the publication of trade paperback versions for his books on Travis and Springsteen. Following its paperback publication, Magic in the Night was praised by PopMatters as "A treasure trove for serious Springsteen fans," and The Irish Times said "It is always salutary to be reminded that no matter how much you think you know something, there is always someone who knows more. And when it comes to Bruce Springsteen...Rob Kirkpatrick knows more, a lot more."[5] As part of his publicity for Magic in the Night, the author appeared as a guest DJ on Sirius XM Radio's E Street Radio.

Kirkpatrick occasionally writes about film, music, sports, and cultural issues for such online sites as The Huffington Post and PopMatters. In his Huffington Post pieces, he has sometimes taken controversial viewpoints and participated in dialogue with post respondents. In 2011, he defended then-New York Mets shortstop José Reyes for leaving the final game of the regular season after clinching the National League batting average championship,[6] and in another piece he argued against commissioner Bud Selig's controversial "All-Star Game rule", which awards home-field advantage in the World Series to the team representing the league that won the All-Star Game exhibition that summer.[7] In his most responded-to piece, he addressed comments on race and sports by ESPN commentators Rob Parker (sports journalist) and also Jalen Rose, whose comments Kirkpatrick placed within a larger social narrative of Uncle Tom-ism and the acting white slur.[8] He supports Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League and blogged about the club's 2013-14 season on Huffington Post.

Kirkpatrick is a self-described supporter of Freethought and through his Twitter account has advocated for secular rights, religious skepticism and the separation of church and state while opposing blasphemy laws.

Personal life[edit]

In June 2013, Kirkpatrick married author and editor Toni Margarita Plummer at a ceremony in Garrison, New York.[9]

Selected works[edit]

1969: The Year Everything Changed (Skyhorse, 2009; trade paperback, 2011)

Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen (St. Martin's Griffin, trade paperback, 2009; published in hardcover with the title The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen by Praeger, 2006)

Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators: The War-Torn Career of an All-Star Shortstop (U Nebraska/Bison, 2009)

"Epiphany at Coogan's Bluff," Slow Trains Literary Journal (2007).

The Quotable Sixties (as editor) (Lyons, 2006)

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Knuckleball," Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature (East Tennessee State University Press, 2005).

"Two Ways to Use Film for Student Writing," Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Hamlet, ed. by Bernice W. Kliman (MLA, 2002).

"Papa" (review), The Hemingway Review (Fall 1996).

"The Three Faces of Lolita", Rutgers College Quarterly (Spring 1990).


Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America, History Channel documentary (2009).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mario Fraioli, "Meb Keflezighi’s Boston Marathon Win Powerful On Many Levels,", April 24, 2014. Accessed 2014-07-13.
  2. ^ Scott Douglas, "Meb's Win, Women's Record Highlight Boston Marathon," Runners World,, April 21, 2014. Accessed 2014-07-13.
  3. ^ Craig Wilson, "'1969': The year, and a book, that defined an era," USA Today,, January 26, 2009. Accessed 2011-07-23.
  4. ^ Thomas A. Karel, "1969: The Year Everything Changed" (review), Library Journal, February 1, 2009.
  5. ^ Magic in the Night ( Accessed 2013-01-06.
  6. ^ Rob Kirkpatrick, "Reyes Has No Reason to Apologize for Batting Title," The Huffington Post, October 2, 2011. Accessed 2013-01-06.
  7. ^ Rob Kirkpatrick, "MLB Should Stop Using All-Star Game to Decide World Series Home-field Advantage," The Huffington Post, November 1, 2011. Accessed 2013-01-06.
  8. ^ Rob Kirkpatrick, "The Racial Biases of Duke Hating," The Huffington Post, March 23, 2011. Accessed 2013-01-06.
  9. ^ "Toni Plummer, Robert Kirkpatrick III," New York Times, June 16, 2013. Accessed 2013-06-25.