Ben Ratliff

Ben Ratliff appears in the following:

How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The English art-rocker has returned to the stage after 35 years and set a new U.K. charts record. Soundcheck's John Schaefer rounds up ten of Bush's must-hear songs.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' Twenty Years Later

Monday, September 19, 2011

For those who came of age in the 1990s it may be hard to believe, but Nirvana’s "Nevermind" album turns twenty years old this week. Considered groundbreaking by some and over-hyped by others, the album is still often played and discussed two decades later.

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Superfans: The Grateful Dead

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

As the surviving members of the Grateful Dead reunite for concerts in New York this weekend, Soundcheck’s occasional series on superfans continues with a look at Deadheads. Music critic Ben Ratliff of the New York Times; Peter Conners, author of the memoir "Growing Up Dead;" and sociologist Rebecca Adams of ...

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The Jazz Ear

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

We look into how listening to jazz music can be a collaborative experience. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff is author of The Jazz Ear, which profiles many jazz greats including composer Maria Schneider.

Ben Ratliff will be interviewing Gal Costa & Cassandra ...

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John Coltrane and the Evolution of Jazz

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff says that John Coltrane may be the last major figure in the evolution of jazz. Ratliff’s new book about the sax player’s career and legacy is Coltrane: Story of a Sound.

Coltrane is available for purchase at

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The Dark Side of Rock Reunions

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bands like The Police, Rage Against the Machine, and Genesis are reuniting for summer concert tours. But for every sold-out tour there’s another that never gets off the ground. We talk with the New York Times Music Critic Ben Ratliff, and Pollstar's Gary Bongiovanni , about what it takes ...

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