Ben Ratliff is the author of four books, including Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016); The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (Times Books, 2008); and Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).  He was a pop and jazz critic at the New York Times from 1996 to 2016, and has written for other publications including Esquire, The New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork.  He teaches cultural criticism at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.



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