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Sound Opinions is where people who love music can come together.

You can make discoveries, debate, learn about pop culture, engage, have fun and find new ways to further enrich your lives through music.

Whether you’re an expert, or just a casual fan, Sound Opinions is your source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week on the show, nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases and give trends a historical context. And, because on Sound Opinions, everyone’s a critic, listeners are invited to join in the debate.

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Unless you are a full-time rock critic, it can be difficult to maintain good musical health. That’s where the Rock Doctors come in. Do you have a musical allergy or addiction? Or do you have a friend or relative who needs an intervention?

The Sound Opinions clinic has its doors open. Drs. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot see patients a few times a year. To request an appointment, fill out this form.

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Jim DeRogatis

Jim Derogatis

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 an associate professor of instruction in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and a contributor to The New Yorker. Together with Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune, he co-hosts Sound Opinions. DeRogatis spent fifteen years as the rock critic at The Chicago Sun-Times and is the author of several books about music: Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic; Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly; The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side; Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips; Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock; and Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the ‘90s. In 2010, he and Kot issued their first book together, The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry, written in the fun but combative style of the radio show. DeRogatis has played in punk-rock bands since age thirteen but jokes that he is a drummer, not a musician. He lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife Carmel (with whom he edited the 2004 anthology Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics). Contact him at jimdero.com.

Email jimdero@jimdero.com | Twitter @JimDeRogatis

Greg Kot

Greg Kot

Greg Kot is the head of editorial at The Coda Collection, a multimedia music platform. He is also the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show and podcast Sound Opinions, and previously the music critic at the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. His books include acclaimed biographies of Mavis Staples (I’ll Take You There) and Wilco (Learning How to Die) and a history of the digital music revolution (Ripped). He also coauthored The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry and has written extensively for Rolling Stone, BBC Culture and Encylopaedia Britannica. When he takes off the headphones, Kot coaches in his Chicago-based youth travel basketball program. In addition, he has coauthored two best-selling editions of the book Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.

Email greg@gregkot.com | Twitter @GregKot

Alex Claiborne

Alex Claiborne

Alex Claiborne is a Sound Opinions Producer. She is responsible for editorial work (brainstorming ideas, booking guests, editing and distributing the show) in addition to collaborating on live events, ad sales, business and fundraising efforts. Since joining the team in 2014, Alex has produced interviews with Alice Cooper, comedian Hannibal Buress, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Courtney Barnett, John Prine and Todd Rundgren (to name a few.) She’s also lead produced discussions on the music of Taylor Swift and Carole King, the Chicago Soul scene, sexuality in music, and is the master of list shows.

Prior to Sound Ops, Alex worked at WGN Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. Alex attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Radio-Television-Film. Alex loves listening to music and podcasts, doing spin classes, reading and popular culture.

Alex lives in Chicago with her fiancé.

Email alex@soundopinions.org | Twitter @alexclaiborne1

Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill is a Sound Opinions Producer who joined the show full-time in 2018. His favorite segments to produce are Classic Album Dissections and anything news-related. Before that he worked as a digital producer for WBEZ, focusing on photojournalism, video production, podcasting, blogging and social media over 12 years. During that time he produced videos of more than 100 Sound Opinions sessions. His work on various projects has garnered AP awards, an Edward R Murrow Award, a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award and multiple awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers.

Andrew grew up in Florida and lives in Chicago with his wife, son and cat.

Email andrew@soundopinions.org | Twitter @andrewgill

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