English and Creative Writing

James DeRogatis

Assoc Professor of Instruction

33 E Congress, Rm 300
Phone: (312) 369-8176
Email: jderogatis@colum.edu


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. 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). 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). As a full-time lecturer in the English Department of Columbia College Chicago, he teaches Reviewing the Arts as well as Advanced Reviewing the Arts and Readings in Nonfiction: Journalism as Literature, two course he helped develop.


B.A., Journalism New York University 1986

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