Ellen Willis

Ellen Jane Willis was an American left-wing political essayistjournalistactivist and pop music criticShe was the first rock critic for the New Yorker, an editor and columnist at The Village Voice, and wrote for numerous publications like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Nation, and Dissent. She was a cofounder of the radical feminist group The Redstockings and No More Nice Girls, and the founder of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism Program at NYU. She died in November 2006.

She published three books of essays: Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock & RollNo More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays; and Don’t Think, Smile: Notes on a Decade of Denial. A new anthology of her rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, was just released by U. of Minnesota Press.

 

"My deepest impulses are optimistic, an attitude that seems to be as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect."

—Ellen Willis


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Cherry Bomb: On Ellen Willis

FOR A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, music can feel downright limiting sometimes. When I was 26 and reviewing records for Time Out New ...

Cherry Bomb: On Ellen Willis


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