Richie Unterberger

Richie Unterberger (2009)

Richie Unterberger (born 1962) is an American author and journalist whose focus is popular music and travel writing.

Life and writing

Having worked as a DJ at WXPN in Philadelphia, Unterberger started reviewing records for Op magazine in 1983. From 1985 to 1991, he was an editor for Option.[1]

Since 1993, he has been a prolific contributor to allmusic, the on-line database of music biographies and album reviews, for which he has written thousands of entries. (Many of his on-line contributions have been printed in the AllMusic guide series.) Unterberger contributes to various local and national publications, including Mojo, Record Collector, Rolling Stone, Oxford American, and No Depression. He has written liner notes for dozens of CD reissues from labels like Rhino, Collectors' Choice, and Sundazed.

Unterberger's books draw extensively on first-hand interviews [2][3][4][5] with musicians and their associates.

Travel writing; public speaking

Unterberger has given numerous talks on music and popular culture at public libraries in San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Mateo County, California. He is also a speaker at area bookstores, including The Booksmith in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.

Unterberger has also written on travel, including The Rough Guide to Seattle (1996), and is co-author of The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience (2007), a book about ethical products, investment, and related topics. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and is an advocate of independent travel and alternative culture.


His nephew, Andrew, formerly wrote for,[6] and in 2007 was part of the winning team on VH1's World Series of Pop Culture.[7] He has been a staff writer or featured contributor on a number of music or sports blogs.[8][9][10]

Selected publications

His books include:


  1. "2002 interview". Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  2. "Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll Interviews". Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  3. "Music USA". Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  4. "Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers Interviews". Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  5. "1960s Folk-Rock Interviews". Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  6. "Andrew Unterberger". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  7. "Only the Strong Survive: 'World Series of Pop Culture' Recap | Vh1 Blog". 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  8. "Andrew Unterberger". Popdust. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  9. "Andrew Unterberger". The 700 Level. CSN Philly. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  10. Archived 6 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. "Red Room". Retrieved 23 December 2009.
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