(Limelight). Now available in paperback, this compilation by longtime New York Times music and arts critic John Rockwell features the creme de la creme of the renowned journalist's arts criticism and commentary over the past 40 years. Taken mostly from the Times, but also including pieces from 17 other sources, such as the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, the San Francisco Examiner, High Fidelity, Opera, and the Village Voice, these writings present Rockwell's unique vision of the arts scene over the past 40 years, with essays on classical music (including the breadth of contemporary works), rock, dance, art, film, theater, general arts topics, and reports from abroad. Rockwell's analysis includes parallels among the arts, insights from one to another, as he brilliantly communicates his aesthetic experiences to the reader.
John Rockwell (New York City) was a music and dance critic at the Oakland Tribune and the Los Angeles Times before he moved to the New York Times in 1972. There he served as a classical music critic, chief rock critic, European cultural correspondent, Arts and Leisure editor, arts columnist, and chief dance critic. He also founded the Lincoln Center Festival and directed it from 1994 to 1998. Now he has a blog, "Rockwell Matters," at artsjournal.com.