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 25 years, with pieces published in The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Time, 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'm still at work on a critical and cultural biography of Madonna for Peter Joseph at Hanover Square Press.

I'm also still working on getting up a more comprehensive archive of past clips, but for now, Google News has some of my recent work.


My DJ history stretches from Chicago to Princeton to Boston, with a couple of one-off stops in towns like Clemson, South Carolina. I DJ every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. ET at WZBC, Boston College's haven for music lovers and other passionate types. You can find recent playlists at Spinitron. I also have a weekly show on, run by the excellent TJ Connelly. It's on Tuesdays from 10 p.m. to midnight. Usually I talk about wrestling at some point during the show.

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

I make a lot of Spotify playlists. Check them out here.


I've been an extra in four music videos.

The last place I traveled was Queens, New York, for All Elite Wrestling's Grand Slam and a dip in the pool at the TWA Hotel.

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 25 in the summer of 2021.

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