NPR critic Tim Riley has written widely about the Beatles and rock history, most recently with What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music In Their Time (with Walter Everett, Oxford University Press, 2019). His other books include Lennon: Man, Myth, Music (Hyperion, 2011), which the New York Times praised as “a critical tour-de-force,” Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1992, Da Capo 1999), Madonna: Illustrated (Hyperion 1992), and Fever: How Rock'N'Roll Transformed Gender In America (St. Martin's/Picador 2005).
He has lectured on campuses nationwide discussing Censorship in the Arts and Rock History, and was Brown University's Critic-In-Residence in 2008. The Los Angeles Review of Books carries his essays on subjects like Richard Wagner and Randy Newman, and his byline has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, Slate, and Radio Silence. His multimedia anthology appears in 2022.