Martin, McCartney, Starr, Harrison, Lennon

Tim Riley biography

November 8-11, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
The Beatles’ THE WHITE ALBUM: 50th Anniversary Celebration
An International Symposium
Conference Theme: “Producing an Enigma for the Ages

June 1-4, University of Michigan
Sgt. Pepper at 50 Conference
with Ken Scott, Kenneth Womack and John Covach
[watch this space]

November 17, 7:00 pm, Cook Theatre, Cloud County Community College
2221 Campus Drive
Concordia, KS 66901
Admission: FREE!

October 25, 2pm, First Parish Church, Harvard Square
George Clinton Interview
Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir

November 6, 7pm, Framingham Public Library
Fever: How Rock Transformed Gender

November 16, 2pm, Bedford Free Public Library
Fever: How Rock Transformed Gender

May 8, 7pm, Framingham Public Library
Lennon: Life and Myth
(Rescheduled from February 13)
Main Library, Costin Room

March 2, 2pm, Bedford Free Public Library
Do the Beatles Still Matter?

December 6, 2013, 4pm
Live Lennon memorial shindig

April 28, 4pm
Bemis Lectures, Lincoln, MA: Lennon

Feb 8, 7pm
Porter Square Books, Cambridge: Interviewing Peter Hook
(Joy Division, New Order)

Dec 11
Newton Free Library, Newton MA

Nov 27
Davidson College, North Carolina

October 4
Writing Lives in Music
Massachusetts Historical Society panel with Judith Tick, Northeastern University; Jan Swafford, The Boston Conservatory; and Tim Riley, Emerson College. Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College

June 7
92Y Tribeca

June 8
Luncheon Society of Manhattan

May 25
Luncheon Society, Harvard Square

May 15
Arlington Community Ed Center

May 11
Jeff Santos Show, Revolution Radio, AM 1510

May 8
Weston Library

April 27-28
Newburyport Literary Festival

March 31
Newton Free Library, Massachusetts

March 23-25
Fest for Beatle Fans


December 1, 7pm: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

November 8, 7pm: Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

November 3, 6pmGibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH

October 31Concord Festival of Authors, Concord, MA

October 15Boston Book Festival, Copley Square, click here for audio.

October 13, 7pmBarnes and Noble, 82nd and Broadway, NYC

October 11, 4pmBarnes and Noble, 114 Boylston Street, Boston

October 4, 11am: On Point with Tom Ashbrook, click here for audio

October 2, 3pmConcord Bookshop, Concord, MA

October 1, 7:30pmDix Hills Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, Long Island, Contact: 516-535-2010

September 30, 2pm: WNYC’s SOUNDCHECK (live broadcast), click here for audio

For more appearances consult JFS Speakers

riley biography

NPR CRITIC and EMERSON COLLEGE Journalist TIM RILEY reviews pop and classical music for NPR’s HERE AND NOW and ON POINT, and has written for the NEW YORK TIMESHUFFINGTON POSTSLATE.COM and SALON.COM. He studied piano and English at Oberlin and Eastman.

The New York Times hailed his first book, Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), for bringing “new insight to the act we’ve known for all these years…” He has since authored Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage/Da Capo 1992/2002), Madonna: Illustrated (Hyperion 1992), and Fever: How Rock’n’Roll Transformed Gender (Picador 2005).

Since 1990, Riley has given hundreds of lively multi-media presentations at colleges and cultural centers like New York’s Chautauqua Festival on “Censorship in the Arts,” and “Rock History.” He gave a keynote address at BEATLES 2000, the first international academic conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland, and lectured as Brown University’s Critic-In-Residence in 2008.

In 2009, Emerson College appointed Riley assistant professor of digital journalism. His current projects include the RILEY ROCK, music’s metaportal, blog riley at the prestigious, and a new speech on social media and Wikileaks, “Let Freedom Leak.” Click on “Browse” above for more pages.

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