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Moderator Ann Powers during the 12th annual Americana Music Festival at Sheraton Nashville on October 13, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Ann Powers attends The Envelope Roundtable showcasing Grammy-nominated music producers at the Grammy Museum on January 15, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.
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From left to right: Jed Hilly, K. D. Lang and NPR musics' Ann Powers take photos backstage during the 19th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference at The Westin Nashville on September 12, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Powers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.
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Powers received a Master of Arts degree in American literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
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From London to Los Angeles, from the pages of New Musical Express to Rolling Stone, women have been writing about rock and pop music for more than 30 years. Rock She Wrote collects the best of women's writing on music from the 1960s to the present, from the days when women were only tolerated as screaming groupies behind the scenes to the day they took center stage as performers and critics in their own right.
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There is a feeling of nostalgia that surrounds the idea of bohemia, that place where art and ideas and alternative thinking become the focal point of life. To most, bohemia is gone - erased by the lifestyle of the 1990s and the too many, too fast influences of modern living.
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Best Music Writing has become one of the most eagerly awaited annuals out there. Celebrating the year in music writing by gathering a rich array of essays, missives and musings on every style of music from rock to hip-hop to R&B to jazz to pop to blues and more, it is essential reading for anyone who loves great music and accomplished writing.
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In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR's acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race. In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form.
Powers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a Master of Arts degree in American literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Powers began her career working as an editor and columnist at San Francisco Weekly. Between 1992 and 1993, she wrote for The New York Times. From 1997 to 2001, Powers was a pop critic at The New York Times and before that worked as the senior editor at the Village Voice. Then, she was a senior critic at Blender and senior curator at Experience Music Project. She served as chief pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until 2011. Since April 2011, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music.
Her writing extends beyond blogs, magazines and newspapers. Powers co-wrote Tori Amos: Piece By Piece, with Tori Amos, which was published in 2005. In 1999, Power's book, Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, was published. She was an editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of the 1995 book Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap and Pop and editor of Best Music Writing 2010.
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Peppered with anecdotes of personal history, Ann Powers's books have explored and interpreted American music and cultural movements, documenting trends and commenting on their implications on people's lives. Powers explores the definition of the term "bohemian" and how it has been redefined by the current culture in Weird like Us: My Bohemian America. Common misconceptions of the bohemian lifestyle are addressed, as well as the uneasy relationship existing between Bohemia and the mass-market culture. Powers wrote that Bohemia exists everywhere, no longer confined to coffeehouses, Greenwich Village, or San Francisco. Powers uses her own history, from her teenage years as a New Waver in Seattle to the underground music cultural scene in 1980s San Francisco, to her middle-class existence in New York, and mixes it with her observations and interviews with old friends.
Powers is married to Eric Weisbard, a music critic and professor of American studies at the University of Alabama. They have a daughter.