Greg Kot

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Greg Kot
Born (1957-03-03) March 3, 1957 (age 62)
United States
OccupationJournalist, writer, author

Greg Kot (born March 3, 1957) is an American writer, author and journalist. Since 1990, Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune,[1] where he has covered popular music and reported on music-related social, political and business issues. Kot cohosts Sound Opinions which claims in its intro to be "the world's only rock 'n' roll talk show," nationally syndicated through its home base at Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ-FM 91.5.[2]

Kot's books include Wilco: Learning How to Die, Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music, and I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the March up Freedom's Highway.[3] He also co-authored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry (Voyageur Press) with his Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis.[4] His music criticism and journalism also has appeared in Encyclopædia Britannica,[3] Cash: By the Editors of Rolling Stone, Harrison: A Rolling Stone tribute to George Harrison, The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock, The Rolling Stone Album Guide and MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide.[5] A longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Kot has written for a dozen national publications,[6] including Details, Blender, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe and Request.[3]



  1. ^ "Greg Kot Biography". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The Sound Opinions Station List". WBEZ. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Greg Kot - Host of Sound Opinions". Biography. WBEZ. Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Reid, Graham. "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot". Review. Elsewhere. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. xix.
  6. ^ "Greg Kot". Host, Sound Opinions. Chicago Public Media. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  7. ^ "I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway". Retrieved December 27, 2013.

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