Maura Johnston

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I'm a writer and editor who teaches at Boston College. I live in Boston with my cat, Nuno.


I've written about music and culture for more than 20 years, with pieces published in The New York Times, Time, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone, as well as a bunch of now-defunct outlets that only live on the Wayback Machine.

I'm an adjunct instructor in the journalism department at Boston College, where I teach two classes: Writing About Popular Music and Journalism and New Media.

I was a founding editor of the music blog Idolator and served as the music editor at The Village Voice.

I went to undergrad at Northwestern University, where I haphazardly designed a major in "the internet" (or, as it was called back then, "virtual communication").

I was born in Syosset, New York, and grew up in nearby Hicksville. Other famous Hicksville natives include Billy Joel, Lorraine Bracco, and the Long Island Medium.


I've just started work on a critical and cultural biography of Madonna for Peter Joseph at Hanover Square Press.

I'm working on getting up a more comprehensive archive of past clips, but for now, Google News has other recent clips.


My DJ history stretches from Chicago to Princeton to Boston, with a couple of one-off stops in towns like Clemson, South Carolina. I am on hiatus from WZBC, Boston College's haven for music lovers and other passionate types; I do, however, sit on the advisory board and support the station any way I can. You can find past playlists at Spinitron.

I can DJ your party or event. Get in touch.

I've been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered and WBUR's On Point, and I'm a frequent guest on the CBC's Day 6. My most recent appearance discusses records for which we searched far and wide. (Or: "My happening, baby, and how it was freaking me out.")


I've been an extra in four music videos.

The last place I traveled was New Orleans, Louisiana, for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

I'm a reformed picky eater who still has weird issues with certain food textures.

I've been online in some fashion since 1990, but, the domain, turned 20 in 2016. (Thanks to TJ Connelly for the design, ahem, inspiration.)

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