Kenneth Tucker is an American arts, music and television critic, magazine editor, and non-fiction book writer.
Early life and education
Tucker was born in
Manhattan, New York City, New York, and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from New York University.
While attending NYU, he began writing freelance reviews for
, The Village Voice , and SoHo Weekly News . Rolling Stone From 1979 to 1983, Tucker was the rock critic for the  . From 1983 to 1990, he worked at Los Angeles Herald-Examiner , first as the newspaper's rock critic, and then its television critic.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In 1990, he joined
(a Entertainment Weekly Time Inc. publication) as a founding staffer. He was the magazine's television critic, DVD critic and an editor-at-large until 2013,  except for one year (2005-06) as film critic at  .
New York Magazine
Since 1982, Tucker has been a rock and pop music critic for the
National Public Radio (NPR) talk show . Fresh Air with Terry Gross  
Tucker has appeared many times on television, including multiple appearances on
, The Today Show , Good Morning America , and The Charlie Rose Show . The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson He appears in the 1984 documentary  The Gospel According to . Al Green He is interviewed on-camera in  , a documentary about the history of comics.
Tucker's reviews have provoked some notable responses from his subjects. In August 1980,
Billy Joel, enraged by a negative review of his music Tucker had written in the L.A. Herald Examiner, tore up the review on stage during one of his concerts. 
Tucker's negative reviews of
Seth MacFarlane's animated series resulted in a number of MacFarlane counter-criticisms, including a scene in which Family Guy Stewie Griffin breaks the neck of an Entertainment Weekly writer widely assumed to be Tucker. 
For his critical writings, Tucker was a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize in Criticism in 1984, the first rock critic to become a Pulitzer finalist.  He won a  National Magazine Award in 1995 and has twice won a  Deems Taylor Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).  
Articles and essays
Tucker has written frequently about
poetry and comic books, most notably for The New York Times Book Review  and  The Best American Poetry blog. His 1985  review New York Times of the serialized portions of  Art Spiegelman's then-work-in-progress is considered a factor in the mainstream acceptance of graphic novels and the publication of Maus Maus by Pantheon Books. 
He has contributed essays to the following anthologies:
Miller, Jim, ed.
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, 1st Ed., New York: Rolling Stone Press, 1976. ISBN 0394403274
Country: The Music and the Musicians, New York: Abbeville Press, 1988. ISBN 0896598683 Cooking and Stealing: The TIN HOUSE Non-Fiction Reader, New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2004. ISBN 1582344868
, New York City, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2008. Scarface Nation - The Ultimate Gangster Movie and How It Changed America ISBN 978-0-312-33059-0 Tucker, Ken; Stokes, Geoffrey; Ward, Ed.
Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, New York: Summit, 1986. ISBN 0671544381 Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy - 100 Things To Love and Hate About TV, New York City, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-312-33057-6
Tucker, Ken (23 December 1974). "Notes from the Academy". . The Village Voice
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Ken Tucker Archived 2011-10-17 at the Wayback Machine at Rock Critic Archives
Tucker, Ken (17 May 1991). "Our Sons". ew.com . Retrieved 2018.
Moses, Lucia (13 February 2013). "Ken Tucker Leaves Entertainment Weekly". AdWeek . Retrieved 2013.
Ken Tucker at NPR
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Ken Tucker on IMDb
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Billy Joel Biography at Rolling Stone (citing All Music Guide)
Graham, Mark (4 December 2008). "Seth MacFarlane Named 'Smartest Person on TV,' Ken Tucker Promptly Keels Over". . New York City: Vulture blog New York Media . Retrieved 2012.
Pulitzer Prize finalists for 1984 at Pulitzer.org
Powers, Ann (19 April 2011). "Fiction Pulitzer Sneaks Music Writing In Through The Back Door". The Record. NPR.org . Retrieved 2012.
Warren, James (13 April 1995). "Another Reason To Celebrate: Entertainment Weekly Garners Top Honors At National Magazine Awards". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved 2012.
35th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Recipients, ASCAP, 2002.
37th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Recipients Archived 2011-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, ASCAP, 2004.
Tucker, Ken (7 October 2007). "A Formal Feeling". The New York Times Book Review . Retrieved 2012.
Tucker, Ken (20 March 2005). ". 'Rebels on the Backlot': Fight Club" The New York Times Book Review . Retrieved 2012.
About Us at The Best American Poetry
Tucker, Ken (26 May 1985). "Cats, Mice and History - The Avant-Carde of the Comic Strip". The New York Times . Retrieved 2012.
Heller, Steven (15 August 2011). "Times' Comics on a Roll". Imprint . Retrieved 2012.