For over twenty-five years, Riley has reviewed pop and classical music for NPR’s Here And Now, while contributing to shows like On Point, All Things Considered and Morning Edition, as well as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Radio Silence, The Huffington Post, Truthdig, The Washington Post, Slate.com and Salon.com.
The New York Times Book Review, 2013
The Atlantic, 2013
truthdig book reviews, 2012
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November 24, 2011
Rolling Stone: Gimme Some Truth
New bio is the most reliable guide yet to Lennon’s messy life and musical genius (4 1/2 stars)
by Will Hermes:
“…the most reliable, least star-struck volume on Lennon to date… Riley is a keen critic, and his analysis is what distinguishes this bio… helps you hear the man’s music anew – and given its omnipresence, that’s pretty amazing.”
The New York Times Book Review
John Lennon’s Primal Screams by James Parker:
His first book, Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), was hailed by the New York Times as bringing “new insight to the act we’ve known for all these years…” He has since authored Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage/Da Capo 1992/2002), Madonna: Illustrated (Hyperion 1992), and Fever: How Rock’n’Roll Transformed Gender (Picador 2005).
Since 1990, Riley has given hundreds of lively multi-media presentations at colleges and cultural centers like New York’s Chautauqua Festival on “Censorship in the Arts,” and “Rock History.” He gave a keynote address at BEATLES 2000, the first international academic conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland, and lectured as Brown University’s Critic-In-Residence in 1988.
See excerpts from Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary