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James Sullivan

October 19, Copley Square
James Sullivan is a writer, freelance journalist, editor, and music and cultural critic. He is currently a contributor to the Boston Globe, and has also been an editor for Rolling Stone, a critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, consultant for Pandora, and reviewer for Entertainment Weekly. He is also a programmer and moderator for the Newburyport Documentary Festival and founder and co-organizer for Lit Crawl Boston. Sullivan is the author of Jeans, a cultural history of the denim pants; The Hardest Working Man, a look at the legend of musician James Brown; Seven Dirty Words, a biography of comedian George Carlin; and Island Cup, a history of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and the popularity of high school football on the islands. His most recent release, Which Side Are You On?, is an anecdotal history of America’s progressive movements and the music that has accompanied them. Library Journal says the book is an “engaging title, which should awaken nostalgia in those of a certain age and introduce new generations to these musical catalysts for social change.”