James DeRogatis - Columbia College Chicago

James DeRogatis

Associate Professor of Instruction



Jim DeRogatis is an associate professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, teaching Reviewing the Arts, Cultural Criticism and the Arts, Journalism as Literature, and Music & Media in Chicago. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, together with Greg Kot, the rock critic at The Chicago Tribune, he co-hosts "Sound Opinions," the world's only rock 'n' roll talk show, which originates at Chicago Public Radio but is heard on some 120 other public radio stations across the country as well as via podcast at soundopinions.org, with 250,000 downloads monthly. DeRogatis spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, and he continues to write music journalism and criticism at WBEZ.org. He also has written several books about music, including Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic (both for 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, the dining editor of the Tribune, 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 and edited the other contributions for The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side (Voyageur Press).


B.A., Journalism New York University 1986