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Tim Riley Anthology 1985-2022

Previews and a complete Table of Contents to his forthcoming digital project

The past four decades saw “classic rock” peak and the music industry implode, then roar back through Napster, go digital, and finally re-emerge through online streaming. All along, the music critic’s role kept changing. This turn-of-the-century period saw new vantages on history as well as aesthetics. Starting at the Boston Phoenix and moving through NPR audio clips, this book compiles Riley’s lively reviews for the New York Timestruthdig, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. Links to streaming services punctuate each chapter, and an audio track of Riley reading his prose aloud turns it into a one-of-kind hypertext + audio package—an entirely new digital experience music lovers. In addition, eight “podcast” segments, “Cutaways,” feature audio interviews with critics like Evelyn McDonnell and Hunter Harris. Coming in 2023

Table of Contents by section

 1. The Boston Phoenix

2. The Beatles

3. Classical

4. Bob Dylan

5. Absolute Elsewhere

6. NPR

7. Book Reviews

8. Book Excerpts

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
1.18 History Ain’t Changed
The Who At Sullivan Stadium, 1989

 

1. The Boston Phoenix

“Cellars by Starlight” club columns, box sets, concerts, and essays, 1988-1991

1.1 Shrevie’s Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2 Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3 If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4 Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988

1.5 Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6 What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7 Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8 The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9 So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10 Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11 Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12 Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13 More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14 Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15 Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16 Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17 Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18 History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19 Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20 Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21 Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22 Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23 Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24 Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25 Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26 Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27 Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28 Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30 Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31 Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32 Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33 Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35 The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36 Elizabeth Montgomery’s Face—The Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37 Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38 A Nation Once Again—Woodstock: The Director’s Cut DVD, 1989

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
2.16 History Ain’t Changed
Peter Jackson’s Get Back

 

2. The Beatles

Updates to second editions, conference papers, freelance reviews, essays, 1988-2022

2.1 Bip Bop—McCartney Biography, 1988

2.2 Nobody Told Me—The Lost Lennon Tapes, 1988

2.3 Coy Bounces, Throbbing Refrains—Past Master I and II, 1988

2.4 Our Hearts Went Pop—Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, 1989

2.5 Drive My Car—Keynote Speech for Beatles 2000, 2000

2.6 1 and 1 and 1 is Three—The Beatles Anthology CDs, 2003

2.7 Abbey Road Reunion—Recording the Beatles, 2006

2.8 Rescuing the Suits—An Open Letter to McCartney, 2007

2.9 Celebrity Death Halo—The John Lennon Letters, 2012

2.10 Busy Being Born—On Air—Live at the BBC, 20XX

2.11 Mythic Detail—Tune In, 2013

2.12 Reverse Cool—Buddy Holly & John Lennon, 20XX

2.13 That Other Hamilton—The White Album, 2018

2.14 Now and Then—The White Album, 2019

2.15 Pick a Career—Plastic Ono Band, 2021

2.16 Peter Jackson’s Get Back—Peter Jackson’s Get Back, 2022

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
featured in the riley rock report:
2.16 History Ain’t Changed
Peter Jackson’s Get Back

 

3. Classical

Concert, recording, and book reviews

2.1 Bip Bop—McCartney Biography, 1988

2.2 Nobody Told Me—The Lost Lennon Tapes, 1988

2.3 Coy Bounces, Throbbing Refrains—Past Master I and II, 1988

2.4 Our Hearts Went Pop—Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, 1989

2.5 Drive My Car—Keynote Speech for Beatles 2000, 2000

2.6 1 and 1 and 1 is Three—The Beatles Anthology CDs, 2003

2.7 Abbey Road Reunion—Recording the Beatles, 2006

2.8 Rescuing the Suits—An Open Letter to McCartney, 2007

2.9 Celebrity Death Halo—The John Lennon Letters, 2012

2.10 Busy Being Born—On Air—Live at the BBC, 20XX

2.11 Mythic Detail—Tune In, 2013

2.12 Reverse Cool—Buddy Holly & John Lennon, 20XX

2.13 That Other Hamilton—The White Album, 2018

2.14 Now and Then—The White Album, 2019

2.15 Pick a Career—Plastic Ono Band, 2021

2.16 Peter Jackson’s Get Back—Peter Jackson’s Get Back, 2022

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Now available through the riley rock report newsletter/podcast:

1.18 History Ain’t Changed, The Who at Sullivan Stadium, 1989

Boston Phoenix

1.1 Shrevie Files His Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2 Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3 If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4 Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988 

1.5 Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6 What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7 Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8 The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9 So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10 Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11 Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12 Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13 More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14 Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15 Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16 Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17 Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18 History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19 Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20 Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21 Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22 Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23 Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24 Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25 Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26 Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27 Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28 Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30 Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31 Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32 Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33 Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35 The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36 Elizabeth Montgomery’s FaceThe Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37 Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38 A Nation Once Again—Woodstock film, 1989

1. Boston Phoenix

Highlighted chapters below are currently available for reading through the riley rock report newsletter

 

1.1 Shrevie’s Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2 Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3 If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4 Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988 

1.5 Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6 What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7 Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8 The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9 So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10 Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11 Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12 Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13 More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14 Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15 Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16 Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17 Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18 History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19 Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20 Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21 Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22 Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23 Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24 Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25 Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26 Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27 Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28 Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30 Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31 Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32 Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33 Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35 The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36 Elizabeth Montgomery’s FaceThe Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37 Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38 A Nation Once Again—Woodstock film, 1989

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Boston Phoenix

Highlighted chapters below are currently available for reading through the riley rock report newsletter

 

1.1 Shrevie Files His Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2 Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3 If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4 Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988 

1.5 Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6 What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7 Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8 The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9 So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10 Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11 Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12 Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13 More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14 Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15 Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16 Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17 Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18 History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19 Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20 Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21 Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22 Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23 Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24 Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25 Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26 Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27 Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28 Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30 Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31 Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32 Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33 Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35 The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36 Elizabeth Montgomery’s FaceThe Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37 Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38 A Nation Once Again—Woodstock film, 1989

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Boston Phoenix

Highlighted chapters below are currently available for reading through the riley rock report newsletter

 

1.1 Shrevie Files His Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2 Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3 If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4 Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988 

1.5 Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6 What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7 Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8 The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9 So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10 Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11 Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12 Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13 More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14 Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15 Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16 Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17 Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18 History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19 Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20 Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21 Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22 Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23 Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24 Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25 Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26 Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27 Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28 Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30 Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31 Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32 Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33 Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35 The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36 Elizabeth Montgomery’s FaceThe Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37 Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38 A Nation Once Again—Woodstock film, 1989

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Boston Phoenix

Highlighted chapters below are currently available for reading through the riley rock report newsletter

 

1.1 Shrevie Files His Vinyl—Was (Not Was), 1988

1.2 Inexorable Risks—Jane Siberry, 1988

1.3 If Smiles Could Sing—Ali Farka Touré, 198X

1.4 Burgers and Violence—Pixies, 1988 

1.5 Groping Hands—Roger Miller, 1988

1.6 What the Cold Screams—The Sugarcubes, 1988

1.7 Eluding the Masses—The Lyres, 1988

1.8 The Cheeseburger Standard—David Lindley & El Rayo-X, 1988

1.9 So Glad She Left Me—Mighty Sam McClain, 1988

1.10 Last Bad Habit—Asa Brebner & Idle Hands, 1988

1.11 Otherworldly Expat—Jimi Hendrix, 1988

1.12 Dylan at a Gallop—Buffalo Tom, 1988

1.13 More Than Punk Allows—The Wipers, 1988

1.14 Luckless Ambivalence—Elvis Costello, 1989

1.15 Rebounding With Hooks—Throwing Muses, 1989

1.16 Placebo Blues—The Fall, 1988

1.17 Reversal of Fortune—Bonnie Raitt, 1989

1.18 History Ain’t Changed—The Who, 1989

1.19 Rarely Sublime—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989

1.20 Marginal Opacity—Jane’s Addiction, 1988

1.21 Hyper Ennui—David Bowie, 1989

1.22 Memories Can’t Wait—Living Colour, 1988

1.23 Ending in the Middle—Joy Division, 1989

1.24 Shame About the Lyrics—Prince, 1990

1.25 Tangled Roots—Young, Dylan, The Band, & more, 1990

1.26 Misunderstood Aliens—Midnight Oil & The Verlaines, 1990

1.27 Breaking the Unfixable—Sonic Youth, 1990

1.28 Rage and Culpability—Public Enemy, 1990

1.30 Poor Little Hippie Boy—Gram Parsons, 1990

1.31 Beyond Tokenism—Los Lobos, 1990

1.32 Critic Marries Drummer, Sings—Yo La Tengo, 1990

1.33 Their Little Problem—The Replacements, 1990

1.35 The Thing Side of Heavy—Led Zeppelin, 1990

1.36 Elizabeth Montgomery’s FaceThe Embarrassment, 19XX

1.37 Arduous Whimsy—Charlie Chaplin, 1988

1.38 A Nation Once Again—Woodstock film, 1989