Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions." He has written several books, including ""Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music" and Wilco, “Learning How to Die.” Kot is currently working on the biography “I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway,” to be published by Scribner in 2014.
He also coauthored "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry" with his "Sound Opinion" colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot's Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music. A longtime basketball junkie, he coauthored the best-seller "Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball." Kot also has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, and the Beatles. He has written extensively for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as Details, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, Request and other publications.
Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world's only rock and roll talk show.
For more on the show- and live recordings- visit the Sound Opinions website.
Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago's two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College.