Miles Marshall Lewis

Miles Marshall Lewis is a pop culture critic, essayist, fiction writer and music journalist. There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Bloomsbury’s 33⅓ Series), his book on the making of the classic Sly and the Family Stone album, followed closely behind Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises (Akashic Books), a debut essay collection on coming of age in the Bronx in the 1970s-80s. Over the past 20 years, his celebrity profiles and arts criticism have been published by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, The Washington Post, NPR, The Nation, Essence, Salon and many others. His latest book, Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press

His personal website,, enjoys a dedicated following first established 10 years ago as the blog Furthermucker. Lewis also built an international audience living in Paris from 2004-2011, lecturing in France, England and Algeria, and chronicling his life abroad in an online PopMatters column, Paris Noir.

On the voting roster at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, he has been digital arts and culture editor of Ebony, entertainment journalist at the French Press Agency, literary editor of Russell Simmons’s Oneworld, digital music editor of Black Entertainment Television (BET), music editor of Vibe and deputy editor of XXL. His interview with the late Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is anthologized in both The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers (Believer Books) and Approaching Literature in the 21st Century (St. Martin’s Press); his fiction has been published in Wanderlust (Plume), Brown Sugar (Washington Square Press), and the award-winning Bronx Noir anthology (Akashic Books); and his essays have appeared in Rebecca Walker’s Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness (Soft Skull) and Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey (Aria). His articles have appeared in Essence, The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Ebony, Salon, The Nation, The Fader, L.A. Weekly, Spin, Wax Poetics, The Believer, Okayplayer,,,, Complex, The Root, Genius, The Huffington Post, PopMatters,, Dazed & Confused, The Face, Vibe, King, XXL, The Source, Blender, Uptown, Honey, Oneworld, True, Rap Pages.