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Riley on Rock ‘n’ Roll, Fashion, & Gender: W Magazine

Journalism associate professor, graduate program director, and music critic Tim Riley contributed to a W Magazine piece that examines the fashion and style of male rock stars today versus historically. What changed, if anything?

Rock ’n’ roll started out as youth music. It’s obsessed with identity formation. It’s about how teenagers and young adults go about figuring out who they are and where they fit into the world. People have always been freer in rock ’n’ roll to express their eccentricities than in most other mediums. Places like Hollywood have been playing catch-up for a long time.

Read the piece in W Magazine.

Riley also has a new podcast/newsletter, the riley rock report: listen smarter. You can subscribe here:

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