Ben Ratliff (born 1968 in New York City) is an American journalist, music critic and author.
|Born||1968 (age 53–54)|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation||Art critic and journalist|
|Employer||The New York Times|
Ratliff is the son of an English mother and an American father, growing up in London and in Rockland County, New York. From 1996 to 2016, he wrote about pop music and jazz for The New York Times. He is the author of four books: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (2016), The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008), Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002), and a critical biography of John Coltrane (The Story of a Sound, 2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Review of Books , Granta, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice, Slate and Lingua Franca. In 2005, he received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for "Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Writing" from the Jazz Journalists Association. From 2012 to 2016, he was a regular host of The New York Times popcast.
- Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2016.
- The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music. Times Books, New York, 2008.
- Coltrane: The Story of a Sound. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2007.
- The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz. Times Books, New York, 2002.
- "National Book Critics Circle: NBCC Award Finalists in Criticism: Ben Ratliff's "Coltrane" - Critical Mass Blog". bookcritics.org.
- "Ben Ratliff - NYU Journalism".
- "Previous Winners". JJA Jazz Awards 2018. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- "Popcast". May 4, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Faculty listing". gallatin.nyu.edu.
- ""Staying in the City of Your Mind," by Ben Ratliff '90". Columbia College Today. August 21, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
- Official website
- Profile for The New York Times
- Interview with Steven Ward, 2002
- Interview with Pitchfork about Every Song Ever, Feb 26, 2016
- Review of Every Song Ever by August Kleinzahler, New York Times Book Review, March 3, 2016
- Interview about music algorithms on "What's the Point" podcast, fivethirtyeight.com, April 21, 2016