Greg Kot

Greg Kot (born March 3, 1957) is an American music journalist and author. From 1990 until 2020, Kot was the rock music critic at the Chicago Tribune,[1] where he covered popular music and reported on music-related social, political and business issues. Kot cohosts a radio program, Sound Opinions, which introduces itself as "the world's only rock 'n' roll talk show", nationally syndicated through Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ-FM (91.5 MHz).[2]

Greg Kot
Born (1957-03-03) March 3, 1957 (age 63)
United States
Occupationjournalist, author

Early life and educationEdit

A native of Syracuse, New York, Kot graduated from Marquette University.[3]


Kot started his career at the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa in June 1978[4] and then joined the Chicago Tribune in 1980.[5] He was named the paper's rock music critic in 1990, and held that job until taking a buyout from the Tribune in early 2020.[6]

Kot has cohosted the radio show "Sound Opinions" since its 1993 launch.[7]. The show is syndicated to about 150 radio stations nationwide and also exists as a weekly podcast.[8]. In 2020, Chicago's WBEZ-FM terminated its production agreement with Sound Opinions, although the show will continue to be produced independently.[9]

Kot's books include Wilco: Learning How to Die, Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music, and I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the March up Freedom's Highway.[10] He co-authored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry (Voyageur Press) with his Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis.[11] His music criticism and journalism has appeared in Encyclopædia Britannica,[10] Cash: By the Editors of Rolling Stone, Harrison: A Rolling Stone tribute to George Harrison, The Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock, The Rolling Stone Album Guide and MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide.[12] A longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Kot has written for a dozen national publications,[13] including Details, Blender, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe and Request.[10]


Kot lives on Chicago's Northwest Side and is a longtime youth basketball coach.[14]



  1. ^ "Greg Kot Biography". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Sound Opinions Station List". WBEZ. Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
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  10. ^ a b c "Greg Kot - Host of Sound Opinions". Biography. WBEZ. Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  11. ^ Reid, Graham. "The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot". Review. Elsewhere. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  12. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. xix.
  13. ^ "Greg Kot". Host, Sound Opinions. Chicago Public Media. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
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  15. ^ "I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway". Retrieved December 27, 2013.

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