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If you are writing about Free Ride, you can use the photo below or get hi-res photos of me or the book from Kristen Gastler at Doubleday in the U.S. or Clara Womersley at Bodley Head in the U.K. (The book has different covers in the U.S. and the U.K., although the text is the same.) You can also use the following bio(s).

 

SHORTRob Levine
Robert Levine is a journalist based in New York and Berlin. Free Ride is his first book.

 

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Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” The book, his first, was also praised by Businessweek, Fortune, and the Financial Times. He has been the executive editor of Billboard and a features editor at Wired and New York, and he has contributed to Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. He covers the culture business from New York and Berlin.

 

LONGER THAN ANYONE SHOULD WANT
Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” The book, his first, was also praised by Businessweek, Fortune, and the Financial Times.

He has covered pop culture, technology, and the awkward dance between them for 15 years. Most recently, he was the executive editor of Billboard; he has also been a features editor at New York magazine and Wired. His first job was at HotWired.com, the Web publication of Wired, where he was hired several months after it sold the first banner ad on the Internet.

His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He has offered commentary about the media business for NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and given keynote speeches at the World Copyright Summit in Brussels, the Canadian Media Production Association’s Prime Time conference, and other music and media business events. He holds a B.A. in politics from Brandeis and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He now covers the culture business from New York and Berlin.

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"A wonderfully clear-eyed account of this colossal struggle over the future of our cultural lives."
—Bill Keller, New York Times

"A book that should change the debate about the future of culture."
—New York Times Book Review

“A timely and impressive book.”
—Businessweek

A “smart, caustic tour of the modern culture industry.”
—Fortune

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Hodges Figgis bookstore
6:30pm, January 24
Dublin, Ireland

Digital Biscuit conference
11:15am, January 25
With Bill Whelan
Dublin, Ireland

Institute of International and European Affairs
1pm, January 25
Dublin, Ireland

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USC's Annenberg School

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