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Rock Critic

How To Be a Rock Critic


MAY 11 - 21, 2017


“What’s the Current State of Music Criticism?"
An informal post-show discussion after How To Be Rock Critic

Approximately 9:15PM
Emerson/Paramount Center
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre
Tickets for that night’s show are not required for admission.

With special guests Maura Johnston and Jim Sullivan
Moderated by Ryan H. Walsh

Has social media made the role of the critic less vital, or more important than ever? Has the age of streaming music, where all released music can be sampled instantly, virtually for free, turned us all into cultural critics? Join us for an informal conversation and a Q & A session immediately following the performance of How To Be A Rock Critic.


“A refusal to heed the advice of highbrow cultural critics is nothing new. But when the public can quickly share their own - different - views on Twitter, Facebook…and other social media, is criticism dead?” – The Guardian


Panel Headshots

L to R: Jim Sullivan, Maura Johnston, Ryan H. Walsh

Maura Johnston is a writer and editor who teaches at Boston College. She has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Time, Billboard, and Rolling Stone; her byline also appeared in a number of publications that have succumbed to 21st-century industry tumult. She lives on the edge of Allston Rock City.

Writer Jim Sullivan joined the Globe staff in 1988, writing for virtually every section of the paper, but specializing in pop music and culture. His writing has appeared in the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald, Boston Common, the Christian Science Monitor, the Cape Cod Times, and Playgirl. www.JimSullivanInk.com.

ArtsEmerson’s Ryan H. Walsh is the founder/singer/guitarist of the band Hallelujah the Hills. He has written for Boston Magazine, Stereogum, Motherboard, and The Believer. His first book Astral Weeks: The Secret History of Boston 1968 will be out in 2018 from Penguin Press.