Amanda Petrusich is an American music journalist, a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of three books: Pink Moon (2007), It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music (2008), and Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records (2014).

Amanda Petrusich
Alma materCollege of William & Mary, Columbia University
OccupationMusic journalist
Notable work
Pink Moon (2007); It Still Moves (2009); Do Not Sell At Any Price (2014)
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship (2016)

Early lifeEdit

Petrusich grew up as the child of two public school teachers.[1] She attended the College of William & Mary, where she was co-editor-in-chief of the William and Mary Review and a reviewer for The Flat Hat, the college's campus newspaper.[2] She graduated with a B.A. in English and film studies in 2000,[3] then earned a master's in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2003.[3][4]


Petrusich has written for The New York Times, Pitchfork Media and Paste.[5] Petrusich has been a staff writer at Pitchfork since 2003,[6] and is a staff writer at The New Yorker.[7] She is the author of Pink Moon, a book on Nick Drake's album of the same name for the 33 1/3 music series,[5] and a 2008 book called It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music, which Joe Boyd described in The Guardian as "a terrific piece of travel writing...a tour through the roots of American rural music."[8] Petrusich also wrote a book on record collecting called Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records.[9]

Petrusich serves as clinical assistant professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.[9] She began teaching at NYU in 2010 and joined the full-time faculty in 2015.[1]

Naming her to its 2016 list of "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture," Brooklyn Magazine described Petrusich as "a towering force of grace and encouragement in New York music and criticism circles. Between mentoring emerging voices and writing with discernment about music’s most important figures, Petrusich is helping shape Brooklyn culture from the ground up."[10]

Petrusich won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Petrusich is married[9] and lives in Brooklyn.[11]



  • Petrusich, Amanda (2007). Pink moon. New York: Continuum.
  • — (2008). It still moves : lost songs, lost highways, and the search for the next American music. New York: Faber.
  • — (2014). Do not sell at any price : the wild, obsessive hunt for the world’s rarest 78rpm records.

Essays and reportingEdit

Culture Desk columns on newyorker.comEdit


  1. ^ a b White, Caitlin (2016-03-10). "Brooklyn 100: Amanda Petrusich, Writer, Critic and Professor". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ "Alumni authors return to campus". Flat Hat News. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  3. ^ a b "Home / People / Faculty / Amanda Petrusich". New York University. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Amanda Petrusich and Breton Stetka". The New York Times. 2005-09-25. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  5. ^ a b Ganz, Jacob (December 16, 2010). "Get To Know A Critic: Amanda Petrusich". NPR Music. NPR. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Amanda Petrusich: contributor". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Contributor: Amanda Petrusich". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Joe Boyd (January 24, 2009). "American beauty - A trip through the back catalogue of rural music intrigues Joe Boyd". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d "Six NYU Faculty Awarded 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships". New York University. April 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture". Brooklyn Magazine. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  11. ^ St. John, Colin (October 22, 2015). "Amanda Petrusich, the Music Journalist, Rocks Out to 'November Rain'". Inverse. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  12. ^ Online version is titled "Maggie Rogers, an artist of her time".
  13. ^ Online version is titled "Is The War on Drugs rock's next torchbearer?"
  14. ^ Online version is titled "Action Bronson's expansive appetites".
  15. ^ Online version is titled "What 'Antiques Roadshow' taught us".
  16. ^ Online version is titled "Rammstein's heavy and cathartic camp".

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