Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ’n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, and has written several books about music: Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips (Broadway Books); Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic (Broadway Books); Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ’90s (Da Capo), and Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Hal Leonard). With his wife, Carmél Carrillo, he edited Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics (Barricade Books), and he recently edited and wrote the central essay for The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side (Voyageur Press).In partnership with Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, DeRogatis co-hosts Sound Opinions, “the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show,” which originates at Chicago Public Radio and is syndicated nationally to some 80 public radio stations via American Public Media. He teaches "Reviewing the Arts" at Columbia College.