Staff writer Thom Jurek was born in 1958 and grew up in and around Detroit. He has been writing about music since he was 15. His reviews, interviews, and articles have appeared in magazines and journals including Rolling Stone, Creem, Musician, Spin, American Songwriter, Paste, Interview, The Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, and Rock and Rap Confidential. Jurek has also written liner notes for a variety of albums. He is the author of two poetry collections: DUB (In Camera, 1986), and Memory Bags, with French artist Jacques Karamanoukian (Ridgeway, 1995). His fiction has been anthologized in Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook on Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction (Duke University Press) and elsewhere. Jurek served as senior editor for Detroit's Metro Times from 1990-1996; he has been affiliated with All Music Guide since 1999.