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Miller, James

Simon Warner

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print November 2013 |
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Chicago, IL, Feb 28, 1947). American Author and journalist. James Miller’s reputation as a popular music writer rests on two significant titles. As original editor of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll (San Francisco, 1976), he oversaw a publication that offered a near-definitive, and highly accessible, account, in words and pictures, of rock’s first 20 years. But his later, more discursive, history, Flowers in the Dustbin: the Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947–1977 (New York, 1999), was accorded equal regard, providing an acclaimed overview of the music’s emergence and influence. It won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award and a Ralph Gleason BMI award for best music book of 1999. Yet, Miller, who wrote reviews for the magazine Rolling Stone, from its very earliest days in 1967, and earned a PhD from Brandeis in 1975, has been much more than an accomplished commentator on popular music subjects. He has published, too, on politics and philosophy, including accounts of the student actions of the 1960s and a critical consideration of Michel Foucault. His influential essay, “Is Bad Writing Necessary? George Orwell, Theodor Adorno, and the Politics of Language,” appeared in the magazine ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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