Our #6 pick for Most Influential Music Journalist is Rob Sheffield. Rob Sheffield is a music journalist, author and contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Before Rolling Stone, he was a contributing editor at Blender. Sheffield is a Boston Native who attended Yale and University of Virginia. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
His first book, called Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, was published in 2007. His second book, Talking to Girls about Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, was published in July of 2010. He also regularly appears on VH1 television segments.
Sheffield has over 15,000 Twitter followers and follows back 465 producing a Twitter ratio of 0.03. There is an average of 30 “re-tweets” per week and an average of 42 “favorited” tweets a week. Check him out on his Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia or his personal website .
An Excerpt from Talking to Girls About Duran Duran:
“I’ve built my whole life around loving music. I’m a writer
for Rolling Stone, so I am constantly searching for new bands and
soaking up new sounds. When I started out as a music journalist,
at the end of the 1980s, it was generally assumed that we were
living through the lamest music era the world would ever see. But
those were also the years when hip- hop exploded, beatbox disco
soared, indie rock took o4, and new wave invented a language of
teen angst. All sorts of futuristic electronic music machines offered obnoxious
noises for the plundering. The radio could be your jam, whether you
were a new wave kid, a punk rocker, a disco fan, a hip- hop head,
a Morrissey acolyte or a card- carrying member of the Cinderella
Fan Club. I was every one of these, at some time or another— I loved it all.”
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